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Lord of Biscay?[edit]

He was Lord of Biscay, wasn't he? -- Error

He was 03:22, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Video Games[edit]

Do we really need that picture of a video game character? Just asking. (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 16:02, 8 February 2008 (UTC) I agree that it should be removed as it is in no way an accurate representation of HRH.(Morcus (talk) 02:28, 6 April 2008 (UTC))

Ich dien[edit]

The famous "Ich dien" motto is not German (where it would be "Ich diene"), but Welsh for something like "here is the boy" isn't it?

"Ich Dien" is definately not Welsh!! I think you'll find it is Germanic - Rhys Griffiths (Freeman of Llantrisant, decendent of the Llantrisant Bowmen who were granted freeman status for their roles in Crecy and Agincourt!!)

"Ich dien" is just a short form of the german "Ich diene". Anyway it is german from the year 13xx, so you cannot compare it with today's german.
It is in Middle Dutch. No-one is sure why.mais (talk) 01:56, 14 May 2007 (UTC)


Was he black?

No, Edward was white, Black Prince was a nickname he posthumusly got. Rumours for it is that he wore Black armour. Mightberight/wrong 16:00, 28 October 2005

Yes he was a man of color. His mother is described as being brown skin not white skin he was not white, furthermore his mother was a second cousin to his father -alluding to his father the king also being a man of color. This is based on the factual evidence presented by the article. The Genetics of two people of color have never produced so call white skin" offspring. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:2C7:C000:C94F:5D34:CDDF:D742:A2DB (talk) 15:20, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

Was the 1st season of blackadder based on edward?


  • There is no mention of the origin of the nickname in the article. Is there no verifible, credible source regarding it? Rhodesisland (talk) 01:26, 8 May 2012 (UTC)
Look again! There is an entire section on The name "Black Prince". GrindtXX (talk) 11:43, 8 May 2012 (UTC)


This alludes to a mixed ancestry. Any thoughts?

This is based on a reference to Queen Philippa's dark complexion in 'Michael Packe's book on Edward III' according to the Black britons site. Needless to say none of her Great Great Grand parents was black, and I couldn't be bothered to go back any futher back. The must obvious source of the 'Black Prince'nickname must surely be his black 'arms of peace' which alternate with his quartered Lions/Fleurs de lys on his tomb.

Chris Gidlow

That website is a joke. Philippa and Edward were white. That website tries to prove that there were black people in Britain since ancient times, which I find funny to say the least. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Energyfreezer (talkcontribs) 16:09, 4 February 2007 (UTC).

Ad hominem (website) arguments aside: With other coat of arms having a black background and the discrediting of some references referring to his viciousness as being the source of his name, it makes sense that any characteristic complexion difference would have been downplayed during the period, or in Edward's case, referenced with a clearly ambiguous moniker. Either Edward's mother, Queen Philippa, or her older sister Margaret was described as dark complected, with Historians still in disagreement. [1] Does this supposition make it fact? No, but genetics can lend further clarity, just as it corroborated Richard III's unmarked grave.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:36, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Armenian Ancestry...[edit]

Queen Philipa wasn't black nor African. Phillipa had Armenian ancestry on her dad's side. She was a descendant of the Armenian Princess Morphia of Melitene, Phillipa's 'dark' coloring is from her Armenian ancestry given Armenians are usually darker/olive complexion in coloring then your typical fair coloring English person. (Angar432 (talk) 02:12, 26 August 2010 (UTC))

What did Edward die of?[edit]

What did the Black Prince die of? My quess is cancer. I'd like to see other theories on his demise, posted. Mightberight/wrong 16:04, 28 October 2005. He also might have died of natural causes, but who knows for sure?

  • Isn't dying of natural causes at age 46 a bit strange (even in the year 1376)? Mightberight/wrong 17:49, 13 November 2005 (UTC).
Well, disease would certainly do it, but the Black Prince seemed to have a long, wasting disease. The ODNB entry on him provides no clue as to what he died of. I've heard somewhere that the campaign in Spain (in 1367) ruined his health, and that he got some long, wasting, infectious disease while there. But I'm not really sure. john k 19:38, 13 November 2005 (UTC)
Looking around, some of the guesses as to his illness include amoebic dysentery, malaria, and cirrhosis (brought on by hepatitis?) Choess 04:04, 14 November 2005 (UTC)
That was probably beyond the average life expectancy of a person in the year 1376. No one would have thought it unusual that a person would die at 45 or 46. In 1376, you were lucky to live to adulthood. (talk) 01:48, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

Dropsy is generally accepted and he was actually 45,but close to turning 46.

After looking it over, Richard Barber also statesw that it was almost certainly dysentry. Becauser of source conflict, we may never know. By the way, the dictionary of ancient and medieval warfare stated dropsy without doubt in its summary.

And now for my 3rd staement; as said by Tuchman, infactious dysentery turned into dropsy.

Anyway, there's nothing about his death in the article, and there needs to be. If he died of illness, let it be said. 19:46, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Good gracious![edit]

This page needs to be edited. Stat. The grammar in the latter half of the entry is atrocious -- I can barely make out half of the sentences. I'll do my part to clean it up wherever I can, but I do think that someone with a deeper historical background (I'm but a novice) ought to check up on this page and verify some of the information (and the tone in which it's) presented.

Firebreeze 18:42, 29 April 2006 (UTC)

not to mention the ridiculous amount of parentheses, making the whole article look like it's a clumsily annotated first draft. -supine 02:05, 11 May 2006 (UTC)
sorted some of the grammar and fixed the article's spelling, but it still needs a lot of clean-up in fact I might tag it as such... Trent 900 08:26, 11 May 2006 (UTC)
OK I've gone through it, fixed spelling and grammar, cleaned up a load of (parentheses) by either using subordinate clauses or breaking sentences into more manageable chunks, and merged the list of military activities with the descriptions of their significance to make it more readable. This last section I've also waded through the sentences to try to extract the meaning, if you disagree with my interpretation of the original text or know better please, please feel free change it, this article while at least it now makes sense is still badly in need of sources and citations which I, as a mere passer-by, am unable to give. That was a big job. Trent 900 10:11, 11 May 2006 (UTC)
thanks for that! It really needed it. -- (James McNally)  (talkpage)  09:54, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Im the anonymous writer of most of this article, including the complete latter half....and may I say, thanks for clearing up the grammar. I admit I wrote it in draft fashion, and did not check its quality after finshing. But I dont know why you would question it; it is not farfetched in any way (what I wrote). As for the citations, here you are:

  • Richard Barber's "The Black Prince" (published by Sutton)
  • David Nicolle's "Crecy 1346" (published by osprey)
  • David Nicolle's "Poitiers 1356" (published by osprey)

Also, that was a good rewriting (if that is a word), but you badly misinterpreted the Najera campaign and fair bit of the chivalry section, but I have fixed that. It should be in better grammar now.

The tag is probably is no longer need, but then again you may as well check the books for accuracy.

Here is another source; Robert Hardy's "Longbow"

Near the bottom there is a word I don't get. "revelealed" Revealed? If I knew what was meant, I would fix it. leesonma 19 June 2006

Could not be anything but revealed.

OK, I fixed that, and a couple of other quibbles. I'm still not clear what this means... "demonstrated via the massed use of infantry strongholds" ... in that same last paragraph. It may be a perfectly clear use of the terms, IF I knew what "infantry strongholds" were. Does he mean "massive"? Leesonma 01:36, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

What I trying to make out is an explanation in summary of David Nicolle.

The French used massed heavy cavalry, dismounted men-at-arms and crossbowmen; charging them aimlessly to their 'chivalric' deaths like soldiers of the somme. The English used peasents and dismounted men-at arms as closely linked 'battles' (battalions), with strong communication, cannons, longbows, stakes in the ground, flank protecting obstacles of carts (as an example), hedgehog balls, ditches, natural cover like hedges, potholes, natural obstacles like hills, marshes and small gaps in the woods, etc.

What Im saying is that the English were symbollically like machine gunners in trenches on bayonets. They were massed infantry being very successful against the supposed superior knights.


Why is the tag still here, I thought everything has now being justified.

Stick the books mentioned above in the article then, and remove the tag. Fine by me. Trent 900 11:06, 12 June 2006 (UTC)

How do I remove the tag? im not good with these things.

Actually, I think I have got the hang of it.


why is the black prince synomonous with Leeds?

What do you mean? 05:42, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

See here. [1] Neddyseagoon - talk 10:52, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Date of birth[edit]

From a cursory reading of the article, one would take the dates at the top as birth and death, which doesn't really make sense if he was taking part in negotiations with the papacy in 1337. Is there a mistake here? --Slashme 09:09, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Date of birth seems to be right, so papacy one is probably the one at fault. Any idea where the error could have slipped in, and where we could find the right date? Neddyseagoon - talk 10:58, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, I have no idea. I guess someone with a knowledge of history should look in some reputable source.--Slashme 14:54, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Im not sure what your problem with the dates is, but he was born in 1330, and as the symbollic regent did the negotiations with the papacy in 1337 (yes he was 7). "The Black Prince" Richard Barber. 03:26, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
Someone still doesn't believe me. Read the source= 1337 NOT 1347! Yes, he was the head of the negotiations, but like his leadership of the vanguard at Crecy, it was probably more symbollic. 03:26, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Edward the Black Prince[edit]

I know that one is supposed to presume "good faith" and "courtesy" on this site but, I must ask, what is the matter with the stupid, horrible prejudiced person/people who cannot cope with the fact that Edward's mother had skin that was "brown all over" and a nose that was flat and broad, hair that was "blue black" and eyes that were "blackish brown".

Outrage! OMG!! How could anyone say that about an English prince?!

What I find offensive is not just that this accurately quoted description written by the Bishop of Exeter sent to the court of Hainault specifically for the purpose of describing the girl, has been twice deleted, but that the person/people who delete it would rather have the appellation "Black" put down to the man's brutality than his parentage!!

So on Wikipedia, it's better to practice "Crimes against Humanity" than to inherit brown skin, is it?

All I can say is, thank God that colour and race were not of prime concern in the heart of Edward III and his father.

--Amandajm 05:00, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Let's turn it around: would you think it realistic if someone were to start theorizing about white princesses in medieval sub-sahara africa? (not just 'one-drop' european heritage or 'a white-looking arab' but 'blond and blue-eyed'). Or would you laugh it off as a stupid racist fantasy? Selena1981 (talk) 14:38, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

Accurate, but with words used in a different context from their use now, see the post further up the page. David Underdown 10:30, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
I removed the physical description of Philippa of Hainault for the very simple reason that it belongs on the page for Philippa of Hainault. Your assertion that Edward "may have inherited his mother's dark or 'black' complexion and become known as the Black Prince this way," is totally unsupported. You fail even to establish that Edward did have a dark complexion. If you have a sourced physical description of Edward (not Philippa) that would support your claim, please, by all means, cite it. Without establishing this fact, the further inference that Edward was named for his imaginary dark complexion is pure, idle speculation.
So, in short, your quote is on the wrong page, and the conclusion you draw from the quote is speculation and fantasy. This is the only explanation I will offer. I am frankly loath to enagage in any type of interaction with you, inasmuch as you have already characterized me as the "stupid, horrible prejudiced person/people who cannot cope with the fact that Edward's mother had skin that was 'brown all over'...." If you continue to attack me in this manner, I will refer you to the Administrator's board for appropriate action. Whatever childish rant you make in response to this message will also be reported. M Van Houten 20:25, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
The conclusion that he was "black" in the modern sense is indeed speculative, but ignoring Amanda's hyperbole, the quote itself seems useful to me, and the conclusion that a (relatively) dark complexion could have come from his mother a reasonable application of genetics. I probably shouldn't have used popups to revert your edit, but you didn't use an edit summary (and you deleted more than just the quote in any case), and I managed to overlook your talkpage edit when I first checked. David Underdown 09:39, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Hello David, I see that you managed not to call me a "stupid horrible prejudiced" bigot, so I appreciate that. Here is my basic problem with this quote and claim.
1. The quote is in the wrong place. It is informative and relevant---to Philippa of Hainault. The quote should go on her page.
2. Both you and that other person refer to this quote as "useful." How precisely? Useful to the study of Philippa of Hainault? I agree. Useful to determining why Edward is called the Black Prince? I don't see how. To be useful, the quote must establish a) the fact of Edward's physical appearance and b) a causal connection between appearance and the moniker. The quote does not establish either. Wikipedia requires that "All articles must follow our no original research policy and strive for accuracy; Wikipedia is not the place to insert personal opinions, experiences, or arguments. Furthermore, Wikipedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information."
3. You state that "conclusion that a (relatively) dark complexion could have come from his mother a reasonable application of genetics." I agree. But how is that a fact? Are we now free to fill Wikipedia with reasonable possibilities and plausible guesses? Edward could have been exceedingly pale. That is also a reasonable application of genetics.
4. Bottom line, the quoted material (Philippa's appearance) does not support the ultimate conclusion (Edward's moniker is a result of his own physical appearance). The probative value of the former to the later is almost nil. Is there documentation that Edward actually had a dark complexion? By documentation, I mean something besides hysterical ranting and childish name-calling.
The contemporary illustration in the article certainly doesn't suggest it. How about Edward's siblings, were they also dark? Why do his siblings not have similar monikers? How about Richard II? Is there documentation that "black" and "brown" were used interchangeably in Edward's time?
And finally, why must we resort to this pitiful guesswork? Where is documentation for the ultimate fact that people referred to Edward as the Black Prince as a direct result of his physical appearance? That is the ultimate fact in question, and there is no support for that fact.
I will therefore reedit the article. As you noted, last time I removed more than I should have. M Van Houten 18:49, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
The problem as I see it, with this theory is that it is being put forth by a wikipedian. We are not here to put forth theories. We are reporters of what other people say. To say that he may have been called black because his mother was black, is a theory that needs a non-wikipedian citation. If you can't find one, than it's your theory, which is original research. Wjhonson 07:00, 31 January 2007 (UTC)


I have been through the article and marked a great deal of material which quotes "legends", "stories", "theories" and "it is said". Every one of these needs citation, or rewording.

Something like "The following theories are discussed in So-and-so" will take care of a lot of problems, provided the source is properly referenced at the bottom of the section.

--Amandajm 05:00, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Barbara Tuchman in "Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century" (1978) refers to Edward as the "Black Prince" so this article's reference to the first written usage of the sobriquet being a 1985 Encyclopedia Brittanica article is not possible.

Also, the debate about Edward being literally black is anachronistic. The term used in those days was Moor. So, were he literally black, he would've been called "Edward the Moor". WikiPicky 00:26, 12 February 2007 (UTC)TRH

He was dead. I believe the most salient point in this line of discussion is that the first known printed reference identifying Edward of Woodstock, as he was known in life, as the “Black Prince” was published many years after his death. This fact alone argues it is improbable the sobriquet referred to his physical appearance. From my research on this subject, I have discovered the quote is from a work credited to Richard Grafton, who published works regarding the history of England during the period of 1563 – 1568. This is a time period between 187 and 192 years after Edward of Woodstock’s death.
The citation in the Wikipedia article we are discussing that points to the 1985 Encyclopedia Britannica is simply meant to state that, in the opinion of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the first known printed reference identifying Edward of Woodstock, as the “Black Prince” was first published in Richard Grafton's Chronicle of England. The Wikipedia article is confusing, as it does not state the date Richard Grafton published Chronicle of England, and there is some question in my mind as to which of Richard Grafton’s works the Encyclopedia Britannica refers. I added (1568) to the Encyclopedia Britannica cite on the Wikipedia page because that is the date Encyclopedia Britannica states Chronical of England was published.
The actual quote from the Britannica website is found here:
I didn’t find any references anywhere to the actual text of Grafton's work published in the 14th century which refers to Edward of Woodstock as the "Black Prince." One hopes someone at the Encyclopedia Britannica has read the original Grafton work cited, and concluded the sobriquet refers to the color of Edward’s armor (or as they state, amour.) Admittedly, I did not spend much time looking for the actual text of Grafton’s work.
In my research on this citation I have discovered, according to Richard Grafton’s Wikipedia page, he published Abridgment of the Chronicles of England (1563,) and A Chronicle at Large (1568.) It further states "neither holds a high place as authorities, as they lack original material." It is not explained whether the author of Richard Grafton's page intends to indicate by the use of the words "original material" that Grafton's sources were dubious, or that Grafton was merely quoting material that had been previously published and, therefore, not "original material." Richard Grafton’s Wikipedia page is devoid of citations. It is impossible to know where the author of that page got this information. As the titles of these works differ from the Encyclopedia Britannica citation, it is impossible to be certain to which Grafton work the Britannica article refers. The first record I can find of a Grafton work in print is the 1563 Abridgment of the Chronicles of England, (from Grafton's Wikipedia page) which may indicate Grafton had produced a more voluminous earlier edition he later abridged, or he abridged the work of another earlier author or publisher. There is a reference on Grafton's Wikipedia page of a running battle with John Stow, an English historian, antiquarian, and a contemporary of Grafton's, who accused Grafton of plagiarism. It is apparent none of Stow's earlier works survived if Grafton's work is cited as the earliest printed record of Edward's sobriquet "Black Prince."
I have also found on, a reference to a work published by Johnson in 1809 entitled Chronicle; or, History of England;: To which is added his table of the bailiffs, sheriffs & mayors of the city of London from 1189 to 1558 inclusive, which identifies Richard Grafton as the author. It is probably a later reprinting of the earlier Grafton work, and does little to clarify the discrepancies in the titles of Grafton's cited works on Wikipedia or elsewhere. The book is not available as of this writing and would probably be expensive.
Jsternsp 00:40, 2 August 2007 (UTC)
In addition: The only evidence I can find that Philippa of Hainault was dark is to look at the painting of her son, John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster ,who appears quite dark.
I have tried to follow the links on the Wikipedia page of Philippa of Hainault to research her ancenstry, but I am finding it very difficult as there are a lot of paternal errors. William I, Duke of Bavaria keeps cropping up where he does not belong. (He was credited with being Philippa's father when he was really her nephew, which I corrected. He is also credited with being his own mother's father and the son Phillipa's grandfather John II, Count of Holland , a man who died 26 years before he was born.) It's almost 3 a.m. and I don't know if I have enough brain cells awake to try to take on the task of straightening that mess out by paying attention to the everyone's date of birth to see where they are supposed to fit in. William I, Duke of Bavaria also carried the title William V, Count of Holland and William III, Count of Hainaut. He is being confused with William I, Count of Hainaut who also carried the title Count William III of Holland. Whooo hooo!! Lots of Wikifun there!!
Following the maternal line of Philippa of Hainault seems to work and I find nary a Moor among them.
A more interesting link to "darkness" in the lineage of Edward, the Black Prince is his great-grandmother Joan I of Navarre , who is said to have had "Arabic" features. Joan I of Navarre was the mother of Isabella of France , who was said to have inherited the blond hair of her father, Philip IV of France , and the "Arabic" features of her mother. Isabella of France was Edward, the Black Prince 's grandmother. Navarre is what is now the Basque region of Northern Spain. The cite for the facial features of Joan I of Navarre and Isabella of France is Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II (2003) by Paul Doherty, page 11.
Jsternsp 10:04, 3 August 2007 (UTC)
OK, it's all good now. I think I put William I, Duke of Bavaria in his proper place. Checking the ancestry of Philippa of Hainault is now easier. The closest I can come in her ancestry to a Moorish connection is Baldwin I of Constantinople , (July 1172 – 1205), the first emperor of the Latin Empire of Constantinople, born in Bulgaria of parents of Dutch/French extraction. His father was Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut . His mother was Margaret I, Countess of Flanders. It looks like Philippa had a Dutch, Belgian, French, German thing going on, not Moorish.
Jsternsp 10:49, 3 August 2007 (UTC)

yo the dudes a white guy. why is he called black prince? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Eddie Wood (talkcontribs) 22:01, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

He was known as The Black Prince during his lifetime because he had blackened steel armour manufactured especially for himself, although there may be no written record of the time unless one could search the records in France, for they were the ones that coined the name. Edward was pleased with the name. Once Upon a Time, Edward single handedly captured the King of France and took him home to England (alive) strapped to the back of a horse to his Father. Edward was given the lands in France for capturing the King and keeping him safe of harm. Edward dwelled in south-central-eastern France for a period of time, not really kowing what he should do with his Life nor what to do with Himself. He had a herd of sheep grazing in amongst the grape vines until he became bored and moved to the north of France where he met a woman and Fathered his son Edward, slightly illegitimate at that Time, although they did quickly marry before his son was born (which was not adequate for succession according to Royal Law). His son, Edward was somewhat Heartbroken at his disposition of birth but graciously helped to raise his younger Brother Richard (Richard was very intent at his warring studies, but was persuaded to also persue other avenues) to be a Good King.
Just for the record: as a matter of a Mean Time, Muhhamad or one of his dwelt in the Fatherland for a period of Time. He had entered from the Hinterlands. He knew not of Winter nor snow and was ill prepared for such travels. He came across a band of young men that were residing in the Fatherland and they tried to learn more of the foreigner and what his purposes were for straying so far from his home. Most people that strayed so far in such Times from out of the Hinterlands were most likely Banished from their homelands, although some were honest explorers. We shall call him Muhhamad. He was a peculiar fella that always desired to battle on the left side and had a white on black "\" shield that, from Time to Time, may be considered Sinister or Bend and now known as Bend Sinister. At that Mean Time it was known as Sinister. The fellas tried to keep him on the right flank, but he always fought over to the left. The fellas wanted Victory "\/" but with his fighting, they wondered if he was trying to obtain a Home "/\". During the battle, Muhhamad died, but the fellas were Victorious; the Silver King was forbid entry into the Fatherland for his hunting excursion for fresh venison. The fellas coaxed the dead Muhhamad, albeit it took a very long time, to Forgive his slayer. Muhhamad raised from the Dead in his Forgiveness, just what the fellas desired, and was allowed to reside in the Fatherland in a Mean Time. After the Winter came and ceased he was known to leave into the Hinterlands through a Holy Barrier by the thrusting of his sword through the belly of his horse while riding it into the barrier.
The reason he shall be called Muhhamad: it was by this same manner that Muhhamad rose from the Mount of the Rock in Jerusalem up into Heaven by the slaying of his horse. So, yes, there could be such blood in the veins of European stock. Muhhamad dwelt there. Gnostics (talk) 04:11, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

I have just largely rewritten the The name "Black Prince" section, and in the process have completely removed the long discussion of his possibly having been dark-skinned through his ancestry. I have done this, not because I am "stupid, horrible prejudiced" (see above), but because, having looked into this, I can find no evidence that anyone has ever suggested this as the origin of the name outside Wikipedia: it therefore falls clearly under the WP:NOR policy, and has no place here. There were previously ten sources cited for the various theories on the name's origins (all bunched together, rather unhelpfully): four websites and six books. The four websites were all fairly brief and lightweight accounts of the prince, which referred in passing to the "black armour" theory of the name: I have copied them all to the External Links (the ones that weren't already there), but have removed them from this section as they didn't really add much to the discussion. The books included two (different) editions of Chandos Herald's Life of the prince, which uses the sobriquet "Black Prince" in its modern title, but not in the original text: however, neither of them include any discussion of the name, so I've removed them (they're in the bibliography). There were also two scholarly books which seemed to have been inserted to bolster the "black skin" theory: Rene Grousset, The Empire of the Steppes (1970); and Istvan Vasary, Cumans and Tatars (2005): unfortunately, neither of them so much as mention Edward, the Black Prince, his mother, Philippa of Hainault, or even, as far as I can see, the skin-tones of the Mongols, the Cumans or the Tatars. Theye are therefore completely irrelevant, and I have deleted them. That left two books, Barber's Edward Prince of Wales, and Harvey's Black Prince and His Age, and those have formed the basis for my rewrite. If anyone can provide any sound documentation for the "dark skin" theory, feel free to put it back. GrindtXX (talk) 21:26, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

You clearly are in violation of wikipedia's obligatory multicultural references policy. Failure to write about historical events through the prism of contemporary social agendas is not tolerated. Further violations of this policy may result in suspension of your editorial privileges. (talk) 14:12, 15 July 2012 (UTC)Equalux

The Excrescence of Citation Needed Tags[edit]

The haphazardly organized placement of citation needed tags takes away from the overall flow and construction of the article. If it's essential that there be a tag for every single statement to this gross extent, then it would make much more sense to attach a citation needed tag to the end of the paragraph in question. As it stands now, it's just plain sloppy and unsightly. I've attempted to remedy the worst of it, but my efforts were deleted without dialogue. Auror 12 March, 2007

If we remove the tag, we should also remove the statement that it tags as well. Do you agree? Wjhonson 00:54, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
No: It would make much more practical sense if a citation needed tag was simply placed at the end of of the paragraph in question instead of every single solitary sentence. As it stands now, it impedes a reasonable reading and makes it look wholly unprofessional. A crusade for citations is perfectly acceptable if not encouraged, but let's not let it detract from the information the article is trying to explain. If the explanation is muddled as it is now, it significantly affects the readibility and cognition of the text. I'm not particularly fussy, but it is aggravating to see a tag literally every few words. I propose the practical route: at the end of the paragraph. Auror 13 March 2007
The fact tag is typically put on the particular statement to which it refers. If the entire paragraph is not in doubt, but only one sentence in it, it would be confusing to tag the whole paragraph. Since these tags date back to February, I've removed the tags along with the statements with which they are associated. Wjhonson 03:35, 13 March 2007 (UTC)


Out of curiosity, what did he die of? Hey jude, don't let me down 18:56, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

See the above discussion, "What did Edward die of?". GoodDay 20:49, 26 March 2007 (UTC)


I heard he was a robber. Is this true? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:09, 6 May 2007 (UTC).

Besides robbing French land, no. And their is nothing wrong with robbing French land anyway. 03:30, 17 May 2007 (UTC)


Horse racing?
Eddy was French. The Black Prince wasn't a Robber and would have had no call to be. (Morcus (talk) 02:26, 6 April 2008 (UTC))

Movie link[edit]

The article suggests the Prince was a character in a Movie called Lionheat "Edward was portrayed by Gabriel Byrne in the film Lionheart (1987)." Given that this appears to be Richard the Lionheart I assume this must have been "another" Black Prince but not having seen the movie I haven't deleted it. 01:14, 19 September 2007 (UTC)


I added to Cultural References references to Edward in Shakespeare's Henry V, at least as notable, I would think as his appearance in Novels and Movies. (talk) 07:22, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

The Picture of his Burial.[edit]

The picture sugests that his effigy is stood up. Forgive me if I'm wrong but I'm sertain that its him lying down (Or at least was last time i saw it).(Morcus (talk) 02:24, 6 April 2008 (UTC))

His entire life is "Early Life"[edit]

 Hello most-decent and devoted people,

As a visitor I just like to point out that Edward's entire life seems to take place under the heading of "Early Life", with the exception of his battles, which seem to be in an awkward note form. I don't want to step on any toes, as I'm sure some hard work has gone into it here, but there it is. Thx. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:11, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Move to Eddie, the Black Prince[edit]

"Edward" is just way too formal for referring to such a great and illustrious English royal. It's already a crying shame that he's stuck with that "Black Prince" moniker, which makes him sound scary and evil. He was only scary to the Froggies he kept kicking butt on. Let's call this good Englishman Eddie instead. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:20, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

Good luck with that.--Queen Elizabeth II's Little Spy (talk) 06:55, 22 November 2010 (UTC)
I agree. This great man would be better served with the moniker of Eddie, the Black Prince. (talk) 13:30, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
Concur. It's a shame he never became king. We wouldn't have to deal with France today because he would have conquered all of it. All hail Eddie, the Black Prince! (talk) 21:36, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
Still doesn't do him justice. This man was awesome. He kicked more French butt than any man before Heinz Guderian. He's not just Eddie, the Black Prince. He's Eddie the Great, the Black Prince! (talk) 00:10, 30 March 2011 (UTC)
Edward, The Black Prince — is best. Let the name stand, to his honor. .!. Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 04:14, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
He was English. Shouldn't it stand to his honour? In any case, if we must call him Edward, all hail Edward the Great, the Black Prince, All-Highest Kicker of Frenchie Butt! (talk) 00:19, 16 June 2011 (UTC)

New article needed[edit]

The Cultural References section is so large, maybe a new article should be created from it? What does everyone think? Ruby2010 (talk) 16:41, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

I think it's an approach that works, just take a look at Guy Fawkes and Guy Fawkes in popular culture or Tower of London and its pop culture article to see how it can be done. When "popular culture" starts dominating an article it becomes appropriate to move the information elsewhere and I think that stage has been reached here. Nev1 (talk) 21:56, 16 June 2011 (UTC)
I'd agree - it could do with being broken out. Hchc2009 (talk) 19:41, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

Tomb Effigy Picture[edit]

The picture is the wrong way round.

It is a photograph of a tomb and should be rotated through 90 deg anti-clockwise.

I do not know how to make that change.

Tomb Effigy Picture[edit]

The picture is the wrong way round.

It is a photograph of a tomb and should be rotated through 90 deg anti-clockwise.

I do not know how to make that change. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:54, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Although you are technically correct, there's a long tradition of turning photos (and before that engravings) of medieval tomb effigies through 90 degrees, and using them as if they were portraits of the living person. There is some justification for it, in that the medieval sculptors themselves were often ambiguous as to what they were showing: although the effigies were laid horizontally, their clothing was often shown "hanging" as if they were standing upright. GrindtXX (talk) 22:39, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

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"First English Duke" and "First English Prince of Wales not to become King"[edit]

Taken together, the wording of these two bits is a little confusing. Were there prior English Prince(s) of Wales who did go on to become King but who did not happen to have been Dukes either before or after they became King? I'm not an expert on this, but it seems unlikely, don't Kings get a bunch of titles with a Duke thrown in? (talk) 16:20, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

While earlier English Kings had been dukes of places in France, the first time and English King awarded the title of "Duke" to someone was when Edward III did it for his eldest son in 1337. Thus, the Black Prince was the "first English Duke", even though previous English kings had been French dukes. Edward was also the first English heir given the title of "Prince of Wales" who did not become King, although he was only the second English heir to be created Prince of Wales (Edward III was never made Prince of Wales). john k (talk) 06:07, 10 November 2013 (UTC)
    • ^ Mortimer, Ian, The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation, Vintage 2008, p.34.