The Strange Story of the Black Prince of Canterbury

June 27, 2019 - General
The Strange Story of the Black Prince of Canterbury

Visitors can find the tomb of Edward of Woodstock, also known as the Black Prince, in the famous Canterbury cathedral. The 14th Century prince was the eldest son of King Edward III and Philippa of Hainault, but some may question why he’s laid to rest in such an important place. His biography isn’t impressive, but his tombstone with a sculpture of his deceased body accompanied by a strange epitaph made him famous. Who was Edward of Woodstock and why is he known as the Black Prince?

Edward on the Battlefield

The main reason why Edward became famous was that he was the first English Prince of Wales who didn’t become a King of England. His father died a year after him, so the throne went to Richard II.

A depiction of Edward, the Black Prince, made circa 1430-1440. (Public Domain)

Source: origins

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