Lunchtime Lecture: Edward III and The Triumph of England

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20 February 2014, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre


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King Edward III, by Unknown artist, late 16th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Edward III
by Unknown artist
late 16th century
NPG 4980(7)

Richard Barber, well known for his books on medieval history and literature, looks at Edward III and his victories in France.

Edward III has attracted increasing attention from historians in recent years, and Richard Barber focuses on the relations between Edward III and his magnates, who were also the commanders in his victorious French campaigns. He looks at the culture of Edward’s court, its displays of fashion and the comradeship on the tournament field. These lead ultimately to the ‘company of the Garter’, the king’s personal religious confraternity, and contrasts this with the usual view of the Order of the Garter as a chivalric institution.

Richard Barber has written biographies of Edward prince of Wales and Aquitaine and of Henry II, as well as books on chivalry (The Knight and Chivalry) and on the Arthurian legend (The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief ). His most recent book is Edward III and the Triumph of England, of which Alison Weir has said 'I cannot praise it highly enough'.

His website is at

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