The Black Prince and the Capture of a King: Poitiers 1356
When people think of the Hundred Years War, if they think of it at all, either Joan of Arc or Henry V at Agincourt come to mind. Rarely do the early years of the war make it into books. The Black Prince and the Capture of a King is a slim book that focuses on the early years of the war when the Black Prince, and his father Edward III, were heavily involved. At this point in the war, they came close to defeating France and gaining the crown of both England and France. The first half of the book focuses on the early days and the changing alliances in France. The second half delves into a deep discussion of the Black Prince as he battles across Southern France and eventually captures the French King at Poitiers in 1356. The Black Prince ends up taking the French king back to England for ransom.
Although the book sheds light on an area that is mostly forgotten, it is dry in parts—this is part of a more significant issue within the historical genre. On the other hand, the authors do an excellent job of keeping all the names, titles, and constantly changing allegiances straight. I consider The Black Prince and the Capture of a King a commendable work of literature.
|Author||Marilyn Livingstone • Morgen Witzel|
|Page Count||224 pages|
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