Today, on 8th June in 1376, the great hero of the Hundred Years war and heir to the English throne, Edward of Woodstock, commonly known in later centuries as The Black Prince, went to meet his Maker.
Father of the golden boy, Richard of Bordeaux (later crowned King of England) he married Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent, gained his spurs at the age of 14 at the battle of Crecy and went on to regain much of the territory claimed by his father Edward III.
He was a founder knight of the Order of the Garter and lived when in England at either Wallingford or Berkhamstead Castles.
He represented King Edward III in Aquitaine where his son Richard was born.
His tomb with effigy may be seen in Canterbury Cathedral.
He died a year before his own father, King Edward III, thus leaving the throne to his son, the ten year old King Richard II.