- Motto inscribed upon heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales
Edward of Woodstock, also known as Edward, the Black Prince, was the eldest son of King Edward III. He was born at the dawn of the Hundred Years’ war, heir to a king bent on asserting English ownership of contested territory in France. As the son of the king, Edward found himself thrust into a conflict that would define the identities of two of medieval Europe’s greatest nations. Edward readily distinguished himself with his military ability, and was at sixteen was leading English forces into battle against the French at Crécy, where he played a major role in the English victory – one which crippled French military power for years and influenced many subsequent English victories during the conflict.
This battle is also purported to be the origin of the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales; three ostrich feathers displayed on a black field. As the story goes, Edward came upon the body of King John I of Bohemia in the aftermath of the battle. He took from John’s helm the ostrich feathers which are displayed on the badge, also adopting the chivalric motto on his crest, which read “I serve”, though modern historians now believe this legend to be false.
Edward gained further renown participating in many campaigns during the war with France, notably in Flanders, Aquitaine-Lorie, and Reims. His comport during these conflicts has been characterized as both chivalrous and expedient; conspicuously treating some captives (particularly those of noble birth) with magnanimity and others with unrestrained brutality. He was also fond of burning and pillaging farms and villages during his campaigns; while this generally proved a successful strategy due to the impact it had on the integrity of the French economy, it has caused many (particularly the French) to take something a dim view of the Black Prince ever since.
Edward has the distinction being both the first Duke of Cornwall and the first Prince of Wales not to ascend to the English throne, perishing one year before his father due to an ailment which many today suspect to be amoebic dysentary.
This is a classic tee that has a light feel. Made of 100% ringspun cotton (except for heather colors, which contain 10% polyester).
• 100% ringspun lightweight cotton • Pre-shrunk • Tubular construction • Shoulder-to-shoulder tape • Seamless collar • Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem