Books about the Black Prince

Whilst this blog is primarily to record my own research, I acknowledge that some of its readers might be interested in the resources I use for that research. If you’re on Goodreads you can see my library, or at least as much of it as I’ve been able to record there, as well as what I’m reading at the moment.

Today my medieval shelf contains over 100 books, which rather explains why I’m running out of space for books in the house. I’ve read few of them from cover to cover, but I’ve dipped into most of them.

Since I’ve written a number of posts about the Black Prince, or Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, I thought I’d start with some of the books that I’ve read about him.



I reviewed this book here. It’s very useful, not just because it recounts as many of the details of the Prince’s life as are known, but because it also has some interesting details about the Hundred Years’ War.




Barber has collected source material including campaign diaries, letters and Chandos Herald’s Life of the Black Prince in one place. Only one of these is written by the Prince himself. It is a letter that he wrote to his wife after the battle of Nájera. This gives useful insights into what people of the time thought about events, even if much of it was written for propaganda purposes.



This book examines aspects of the Prince’s life in relation to events or ideas in the fourteenth century. These themes include politics, the Hundred Years’ War, the Black Death and religious heresy. It’s not a particularly useful book if you’re interested in the life of the Prince, but it does have some interesting things to say about the times in which he lived.



In death, as in life, Joan of Kent is always associated with the men in her life, in this case her third and last husband. This, together with the books listed above and a couple of others, was the main source of my recent series of posts about Joan of Kent.

This is a worthy attempt at a biography of a woman about whom very little is known. There is more information available about her three husbands and her sons than there is about her, so much of this book is speculation and you might not necessarily agree with the conclusions that Lawne comes to.



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14 responses to “Books about the Black Prince

  1. Every now and then I have to have a purge of my bookcases, though they soon fill up again! However, I almost always hang on to my history/reference books, partly because they’re not always readily available from libraries, and partly because they’ve been known to prove amazingly useful after sitting there unopened for many years.

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    • Ditto. I spent yesterday morning removing books from the bookcase so that I could have my history books together. I now have a pile (not history books) to go to the charity shop. I have to have physical books for reference, not ebooks.
      I have a pile sitting beside me now, the oldest of which I’ve had for over 20 years and not opened. It’s about to come into its own now.

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    • Denise, I too hang on to my old history and reference books. I always miss the few that I’ve let go, because there always comes a time when I want or need them. Many of my old specialty books are about Elizabethan lute songs, both the lyrics and the accompaniment. Since Elizabethan lute songs are what I have played and sung most of my adult life, since I was 16, reference works on the topic are jewels. The ones that got away were ones that I acquired in my high school and college years that didn’t make various cuts during the so many moves I made as a young student.

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  2. Fascinating collection of books about the Black Prince. Thanks for posting them. I will check you out on Goodreads, since I am on there, too. I’m enjoying The Winter Love, which I’m reading on my Kindle. I’ve only finished Chapter Three, though (you will see on Goodreads how many books I read at the same time). Still, I already get a kick out of Henry and Eleanor’s evolving relationship. Henry definitely did not think through the possible impacts that could occur from his removing Eleanor from the nunnery. I’m looking forward to the further development of the characters and the plot! Well done, April! 🙂

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  3. April, I just sent you a friend request on Goodreads…

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