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Prince Edward, the Black Prince

Prince Edward, the Black Prince

Male 1330 - 1376  (45 years)

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  • Name Edward  
    Title Prince 
    Suffix the Black Prince 
    Born 15 Jun 1330  Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Jun 1376  Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Westminster Palace
    Buried
    Edward, the 'Black Prince', 1330-1376
    Edward, the "Black Prince", 1330-1376
    Notes 
    • It is perhaps somewhat ironic that the only two "Royal" burials in Canterbury Cathedral represent an ancient conflict for the throne of England. Although, Edward, The Black Prince and heir to the Throne, was outlived by his Father, Edward III, his son, Richard, became Richard II. It was the son of Edward's (The Black Prince) younger brother, John, the Duke of Lancaster, also known as John of Gaunt, who deposed Richard II and eventually became Henry IV.

      The Black Prince seemed to have had a long and close association with Canterbury and its Cathedral. It is suggested, although not actually proven, the The Prince was educated by the then Prior of the Monastery. He was responsible for the construruction of The Chantry in the Crypt at the time of his marriage to his Cousin, Joan Plantagenet, The Fair Maid of Kent. His will not only gave the design for his tomb but specified that he should be buried in the Crypt. This request was obviously not carried out and the "hero of the English people" was given pride of place alongside the tomb of St. Thomas in the Trinity Chapel. The effigy of The Prince, although gold in colour, was cast in latten, an alloy of copper, zinc, lead and tin.

      In fact, Edward was a complex character. The leader of the English Army at the Battle of Crecy at the age of 16 and also victor at the Battle of Poitiers, ten years later when he captured the French King, John the Good. After this Battle, Edward brought King John to Canterbury and they worshipped at the tomb of St. Thomas together. It was obviously these victories that made him popular although there was a lot less enthusiasm about the level of taxes that his campaigns cost. Towards the end of his life, after subduing a rebellion at Limoges, he had 3,000 of the inhabitants, men, women and children, slaughtered. Not the kind of action that would have made acceptable reading in The Times these days.
      [http://www.digiserve.com/peter/bprince.htm]

      See http://www.britannia.com/bios/royals/blckprnc.html
    Person ID I2737  Roy~Royes
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2003 

    Father Edward III, King of England 1327-1377
              b. 13 Nov 1312, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Jun 1377, Sheen Palace, Richmond, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Phillippa d' Hainault
              b. 24 Jun 1311
              d. 14 Aug 1369, Windsor, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Family ID F984  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Family Joan Plantagenet
              b. 29 Sep 1328, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Aug 1385, Wallingford, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1361  Windsor, Windsor & Maidenhead, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edward d' Angoulême
              b. 27 Jan 1364/65, Angoulême, Charente, France Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Jan 1371/72, Bordeaux, Gironde, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     2. Richard II, King of England 1377-1399
              b. 6 Jan 1367, Bordeaux, Gironde, France Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 14 Feb 1399/1400, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 02:30:18 
    Family ID F1042  Family Group  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Jun 1330 - Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Oct 1361 - Windsor, Windsor & Maidenhead, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Jun 1376 - Islington, London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S61] Edward of Angoulem (Whaley), Whaley.