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Open Book The Black Prince

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Helm, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. Helm A Fixture

    As reviewed on an other site by myself
    I really enjoyed this book, one of my childhood heroes mainly because of the old Airfix figure at first, then as a man who was possibly the nearest to the chivalric knight ideal that is was possible to be.

    This is quite a hefty book running to 456 pages with some excellent maps and illustrations as well. It's extremely well written with a lot of background detailing without bogging down in trivia. It covers the famous incidents as well as the more mundane day to day life with the same degree of enthusiasm.

    Which brings me to the only real disappointment as far I was concerned. Despite it being titled The Black Prince and the term being used throughout the book, the author then skips over the whole “Black Prince” thing! He offers no more than a paragraph the gist of which is “I don't know” as to why the title was used for Edward and no other. I was hoping for at least some discussion as to the whys and wherefores.

    Possibly the most interesting chapters is on the sack of Limoges. The author has rehabilitated Edward's reputation regarding this and it seems it was the French that actually were responsible not the English (as any fule kno the French can't be trusted, hem hem).

    In conclusion this a book both for the general reader with a passing interest in this period and an excellent source of reference for anyone with more than a passing interest alike. It's both a book you could dip into or read in depth. I am re-reading it myself.

    It's currently available on Kindle and in hardback
    Nemo, Wings5797, oldtrousers and 6 others like this.
  2. Nap A Fixture

    Cheers Steve

    A honest insight into what looks an interesting book

    Thanks for sharing

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  3. kevininpdx Active Member

    Thanks for the review. It's on my wish list. My take on him is he was the reality of chivalry as opposed to the fantasy. It sounds interesting to read a fresh interpretation. I definitely sensed a strong bias in most of the writing I've seen about him.
    Helm likes this.

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