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Summary

A major new biography of the Black Prince. 

In 1346, at the age of 16, he won his spurs at Crécy; nine years later he conducted a brutal raid across Languedoc; in 1356 he captured the king of France at Poitiers; as lord of Aquitaine he ruled a vast swathe of Southwestern France. He was Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, but better known to posterity as ‘the Black Prince’. Michael Jones tells the remarkable story of a great warrior-prince - and paints an unforgettable portrait of warfare and chivalry in the late Middle Ages.

©2020 Michael Jones (P)2020 Booktrack

Critic reviews

"Pacy, vivid and extremely readable...its extensive research and questioning approach also make it an important work for specialists to consult.” (TLS)

"It is not often that a work of medieval history provokes a news story in the Daily Mail." (The Oldie)

"This book will undoubtedly become the first port of call for anyone interested in the Black Prince for years to come." (Royal Studies Journal)

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Wonderful book, poor narrator

The book itself is excellent and recounts the life of the Black prince well, drawing on interesting and exiting aspects of the period. It successfully rehabilitates the Prince’s reputation and is well worth a read/listen.

The audiobook is slightly spoiled by the narrator whose pronunciation of many words is very poor. He will pronounce the same place or person name in several different ways, making it confusing who he is referring to. The narration is full of sloppy malapropisms and even well known names/everyday words are badly mispronounced or muddled. The expression of dates like ‘nine August’ instead of ‘the ninth of August’ is also jarring and comes up frequently due to the historical nature of the book.

Worth a listen despite the narrator but reading the physical book may be less confusing/frustrating.

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Great book - bizarre delivery

Such an interesting book. I learnt so much about the era of Edward IIi (for this is principally about the impressive king, not his glamorous son). But the delivery by the narrator is sadly jarring. So many very strange mispronunciations, and then the insistence of referring to dates as follows: “On ten July...”, rather than, “On the tenth of July...”. Such a pity.

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Well research, well written, well read!

This is a fantastic retelling of the life of one of histories most extraordinary characters. The research and dedication to truth is superb.

Apart from a whistling sound as he speaks which is quite annoying at first (but decreases as the narrative continues) and some very strange mispronunciations of names, places and longer words, Hamilton McLeod's reading is excellent.

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great book. Abysmal narration.

The book itself was excellent and the narration sensitive. But I have never heard so many errors of pronunciation. I don't think 1 in 20 proper nouns was correct whether foreign or English and so many mispronunciations of common English words like adversary. In the end I gave up in disgust at chapter 7 having yelled poitier about 3 times a minute. Whatever he was paid you should ask for your money back.

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Bkack Prince rises again!

Initially found the narrator ponderous but as time went by I warmed to him. The account compliments Alison Weirs Isabella She Wolf of France. I listened to the latter and was inspired to listen to Michael Jones book.

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Excellent book - very strange narration.

I found this audiobook quite difficult to get through owing to the very strange cadences, intonation and pronunciation of the narrator. I find it very difficult to understand how this was not corrected before or during production. most off-putting indeed.

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Enlightening

Couched in the context of Edward II and III before and Richard II after this is a satisfyingly full account of the life and significance of the Black Prince. I particularly appreciated the use and quotation from many contemporary sources. Slightly marred by some annoyingly inaccurate pronunciation.

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Moving, compelling, the total medieval experience

Wonderfully written, and engagingly, charmingly read.. with easily forgivable butchering of French and Spanish geographic locations. This book is a must-have, not just for historians.

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Lots about the period just expected more about the Black Prince. What was there interesting .

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  • Jeff Lacy
  • 09-11-20

Performed as of a novel

Hamilton McLeod narrated Jones’ The Black Prince in an animated fashion, creating a tone that made this book of history sound like a story. Preference for this style rests with the listener and reader.