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Michael JonesMichael Jones gained a PhD in military history at Bristol University and subsequently taught at the University of South West England, the University of Glasgow and Winchester College. He works freelance as a writer, presenter and battlefield tour guide. His first book, The King’s Mother, was shortlisted for the Whitfield Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History. Michael Jones’ particular interest is in battle psychology, and the role of morale and inspirational leadership in situations of military crisis. He has worked extensively with World War Two veterans, and his books draw on their powerful eye-witness testimonies, focussing on the human story behind the battles and campaigns. He is an enthusiastic and highly effective lecturer, who also works in the corporate field as a motivational speaker and trainer, bringing alive the present-day relevance of history’s greatest battles and commanders. Michael Jones was historical adviser for the recent History Channel series Warriors and Russia Today’s TV documentaries on World War Two’s Eastern Front.

With Philippa Langley he was the co-author of The King’s Grave - the official story of the discovery of Richard III and published in 2013 by John Murray. His After Hitler which concerns the last ten days of the second world war in Europe was published in 2015 by John Murray to critical acclaim. Random House UK published his 24 Hours at Agincourt the same year. His biography of Edward of Woodstock, The Black Prince was published to critical acclaim in 2017.


His The Loss of France, on how England lost its French territories will be published by Head of Zeus in 2022.

Praise for The Black Prince:

'The Black Prince is one of the great romantic heroes of the Hundred Years War and in Michael Jones he has a worthy biographer. This is a clear-eyed and thrilling vision of the man behind the legend and a splendid introduction to one of the most fascinating periods in medieval history' Dan Jones.

'Jones has done an excellent job ... It is not easy to make somebody so far back in history really come alive, but this book has pulled it off extremely well. It is supplemented with several pages of maps, battle plans and a detailed timeline' The Bookbag.

'Michael Jones superbly brings to life the campaigns and battles against the Black Prince's name ... The hero and the villain were one man and Jones does justice to this complexity' The Times.

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As a child he was given his own suit of armour; in 1346, at the age of 16, he helped defeat the French at Crécy; and in 1356 he captured the King of France at Poitiers. For the chronicler Jean Froissart, 'He was the flower of all chivalry'; for the Chandos Herald, who fought with him, he was 'the embodiment of all valour'.Edward of Woodstock, eldest son and heir of Edward III of England, better known as 'the Black Prince', was England's pre-eminent military leader during the first phase of the Hundred Years War.

Michael Jones uses contemporary chronicles and documentary material, including the Prince's own letters and those of his closest followers, to tell the tale of an authentic English hero and to paint a memorable portrait of warfare and society in the tumultuous fourteenth century.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Black Prince ( Head of Zeus, 2017); 24 Hours at Agincourt (W.H. Allen/Random House, UK 2015; Casemate, USA 2015); After Hitler (John Murray, UK 2015; Penguin USA, 2015); The King’s Grave  - with Philippa Langley (John Murray, UK 2013; St Martin’s Press, USA, 2013); Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin (John Murray, 2011). Spanish by Critica. Polish to Wydawnictwo Literackie. The Retreat: Hitler’s First Defeat (John Murray, 2009). US edition by Thomas Dunne, Spanish by Critica; Danish by Thaning & Appel. .Leningrad: State of Siege (John Murray, 2008). US edition by Basic Books – other foreign editions in Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, India, Norway, Spain. Japanese to Hakusa-sha Ltd. Stalingrad: How the Red Army Triumphed (Pen and Sword, 2007). US edition by Casemate; Russian by Eksmo.Agincourt 1415 – A Battlefield Guide (Pen and Sword, 2005) Bosworth 1485 – Psychology of a Battle (The History Press, 2002; John Murray, 2014), The Kings’ Mother: Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby (CUP, 1992).