Edward, the Black Prince

EDWARD, THE BLACK PRINCE.EDWARD, THE BLACK PRINCE.

This engraving represents the effigy of the Black Prince, as now seen upon his monument on the north side of the Cathedral at Canterbury.

The Black Prince

Born 1330.—Died 1376.—Edward III.

The Prince of Wales, son of King Edward III., called the Black Prince from the colour of his armour, was knighted on the sands at La Hogue, in the midst of the war between England and France about the succession to Bretagne (Brittany).  He distinguished himself with extraordinary valour at the battles of Cressy and Poitiers, and the siege of Calais.  He married Joan of Kent, and held his court chiefly at Bordeaux, and having ruined his health by an excessive love of fighting, his last years were spent in a sick room.