Richard Barber - Author

About the Author

Richard Barber has had a huge influence on the study of medieval history and literature, both as a writer and as a publisher. His major works include The Knight and Chivalry (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, The Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe and The Holy Grail: The History of a Legend. He lives in East Anglia.

Featured books by Richard Barber

Edward III and the Triumph of England The Battle of Crecy and the Company of the Garter

Edward III and the Triumph of England The Battle of Crecy and the Company of the Garter

Author: Richard Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

The destruction of the French army at Crecy in 1346 and the subsequent siege and capture of Calais marked a new era in European history. The most powerful, glamorous and respected of all western monarchies had been completely humiliated by England, a country long viewed either as a chaotic backwater or a mere French satellite. The young Edward III's triumph would launch both countries, as we now know, into a grim cycle of some 90 years of further fighting ending with English defeat, but after Crecy anything seemed possible - Edward's claim to be King of France could be pressed home and, in any event, enormous rewards of land, treasure and prestige were available both to the king and to the close companions who had made the victory possible. It was to enshrine this moment that Edward created one of the most famous of all knightly orders, the Company of the Garter. Barber writes about both the great campaigns and the individuals who formed the original membership of the Company - and through their biographies makes the period tangible and fascinating. This is a book about knighthood, battle tactics and grand strategy, but it is also about fashion, literature and the privates lives of everyone from queens to freebooters. Barber's book is a remarkable achievement - but also an extremely enjoyable one.

Other books by Richard Barber

Henry II (Penguin Monarchs) A Prince Among Princes

Henry II (Penguin Monarchs) A Prince Among Princes

Author: Richard Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2018

The acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers - now in paperback Henry II (1154-89) through a series of astonishing dynastic coups became the ruler of an enormous European empire. One of the most dynamic, restless and clever men ever to rule England, he was brought down both by his catastrophic relationship with his archbishop Thomas Becket and his debilitating arguments with his sons, most importantly the future Richard I and King John. His empire may have ultimately collapsed, but in Richard Barber's vivid and sympathetic account the reader can see why Henry II left such a compelling impression on his contemporaries. Richard Barber has written for Penguin The Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe, The Holy Grail and Edward III and the Triumph of England. He is a major figure in medieval studies, both as a writer and as a publisher.

Henry II (Penguin Monarchs) A Prince Among Princes

Henry II (Penguin Monarchs) A Prince Among Princes

Author: Richard Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2015

Henry II (1154-89) through a series of astonishing dynastic coups became the ruler of an enormous European empire. One of the most dynamic, restless and clever men ever to rule England, he was brought down both by his catastrophic relationship with his archbishop Thomas Becket and his debilitating arguments with his sons, most importantly the future Richard I and King John. His empire may have ultimately collapsed, but in Richard Barber's vivid and sympathetic account the reader can see why Henry II left such a compelling impression on his contemporaries.

Edward III and the Triumph of England The Battle of Crecy and the Company of the Garter

Edward III and the Triumph of England The Battle of Crecy and the Company of the Garter

Author: Richard Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

The destruction of the French army at Crecy in 1346 and the subsequent siege and capture of Calais marked a new era in European history. The most powerful, glamorous and respected of all western monarchies had been completely humiliated by England, a country long viewed either as a chaotic backwater or a mere French satellite. The young Edward III's triumph would launch both countries, as we now know, into a grim cycle of some 90 years of further fighting ending with English defeat, but after Crecy anything seemed possible - Edward's claim to be King of France could be pressed home and, in any event, enormous rewards of land, treasure and prestige were available both to the king and to the close companions who had made the victory possible. It was to enshrine this moment that Edward created one of the most famous of all knightly orders, the Company of the Garter. Barber writes about both the great campaigns and the individuals who formed the original membership of the Company - and through their biographies makes the period tangible and fascinating. This is a book about knighthood, battle tactics and grand strategy, but it is also about fashion, literature and the privates lives of everyone from queens to freebooters. Barber's book is a remarkable achievement - but also an extremely enjoyable one.

Lou Rawls 180 Success Facts - Everything you need to know about Lou Rawls

Lou Rawls 180 Success Facts - Everything you need to know about Lou Rawls

Author: Richard Barber Format: eBook Release Date: 30/06/2014

A new Lou Rawls biography that will give you all. This book is your ultimate resource for Lou Rawls. Here you will find the most up-to-date 180 Success Facts, Information, and much more.In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Lou Rawls's Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: 2006 in music - January-February, The Bare Necessities, Ken Mansfield - Capitol Records, Grammy Awards of 1972 - RB, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert - Partial list of performers, What'll I Do? - Notable recordings, Grammy Awards of 1968 - RB, Wonderful World (Sam Cooke song) - Sam Cooke version, Isaac Hayes - Selected songwriting and production with David Porter, Chicago (That Toddlin' Town) - Recorded versions, Little Drummer Boy - 1960s, Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) - Q-R, Georgia on My Mind - Cover versions, Monterey Pop Festival - Cancellations and no-shows, Lou Rawls - Honors and charity work, Curb Records - History, Farewell (The Supremes album) - History, Jay Graydon - Producer, Baby, It's Cold Outside (song) - Featured in popular culture, Bud Brisbois, Whitney Houston - 1963-84: Early life and career beginnings, Valley Music Theater - History, Glenn Miller discography - After 1938, Phoebe Snow - With other artists, Wonderful World (Sam Cooke song) - History, Unsung (TV series) - List of artists, bands and groups profiled on Unsung, Garfield's Babes and Bullets - Cast, One for My Baby - Recordings, Lou Rawls - Filmography, Action League Now! - Guest appearances, Louis (given name) - Arts and entertainment, Jack Wilson (jazz pianist) - Professional musician, Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Other versions, and much more...

Myths and Legends of the British Isles

Myths and Legends of the British Isles

Author: Richard Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2004

The British Isles have a long tradition of tales of gods, heroes and marvels, hinting at a mythology once as relevant to the races which settled the islands as the Greek and Roman gods were to the classical world. The tales drawn together in this book, from a wide range of medieval sources, span the centuries from the dawn of Christianity to the age of the Plantagenets. The Norse gods which peopled the Anglo-Saxon past survive in Beowulf; Cuchulainn, Taliesin and the magician Merlin take shape from Celtic mythology; and saints include Helena who brought a piece of the True Cross to Britain, and Joseph of Arimathea whose staff grew into the Glastonbury thorn. Tales of the British Arthur are followed by legends of later heroes, including Harold, Hereward and Godiva. These figures and many others were part of a familiar national mythology on which Shakespeare drew for Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet, creating the famous versions that are known today. Here the original stories are presented. RICHARD BARBER's other books include and The Knight and Chivalry.

Tournaments Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages

Tournaments Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages

Author: Richard Barber, Juliet Barker Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/2000

Will appeal to a wide audience. It is beautifully presented...the illustrations add further glory to a thorough historical analysis which is based on extensive research in Europe-wide sources... particularly useful in bringing to our attention lesser-known materials from the Iberian peninsula. The level of discussion, range and thoroughness of treatment and excellence of annotation make this a useful reference work for the academic historian too: it is hard to find any aspect of tournaments that is not covered. HISTORY The first serious study of tournaments throughout Europe reveals their importance - in the training of the medieval knight, the development of arms and armour, as an instrument of political patronage, and as a grand public spectacle.

Earl Spencer Saint or Sinner?

Earl Spencer Saint or Sinner?

Author: Richard Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/1999

This book chronicles the life and times of Earl Spencer, Princess Diana''s brother. The result is an insightful and sympathetic portrait of an aristocrat brought closer in touch with the people than any Earl has ever been before.'

Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine A Biography of the Black Prince

Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine A Biography of the Black Prince

Author: Richard Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/10/1996

Edward, prince of Wales and Aquitaine, known as the Black Prince, is one of the legendary figures of English history, victor of three great battles and a model of chivalry and courtesy. Behind this image, which many of his contemporaries accepted and eagerly believed in, it is difficult to get at the realities of his character and of the life that he led. Most of his biographers have based their work on the splendid vision of chivalry conjured up by Froissart, but the present book deliberately shuns this approach, to see what can be found in official records, particularly from the prince's household and those who campaigned with the prince. Special attention has been paid not only to the confusing and confused accounts of the great battles, but also to the prince's early years, his close companions who contributed so greatly to his successes, and to his government of Aquitaine, an obscure but very important part of his career. A number of minor but persistent errors in early histories, deriving from Froissart, are corrected. A concluding chapter examines how the legend of the Black Prince (and his curious nickname) came into being. By separating the image and the reality, a clearer picture of the prince emerges. Dr RICHARD BARBER is the author of The Arthurian Legends, King Arthur: Hero and Legend, Tournaments, a biography of Henry II, The Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe, and the recently revised seminal study of The Knight and Chivalry.

Henry Plantagenet A Biography

Henry Plantagenet A Biography

Author: Richard Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/1994

Arthurian Literature XI

Arthurian Literature XI

Author: Richard Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/1992

Epitomises what is best in Arthurian scholarship today.ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ROMANISCHE PHILOLOGIE Arthurian Literatureis now established as a leading publication for research articles of monograph length on subjects of perennial interest to Arthurians. The Indexto the first ten volumes, representing the years 1980-1990, will be warmly welcomed by Arthurians and other scholars with an interest in medieval and later literature. Additionally an extended biographical essay by JANET GRAYSON draws together material relating to the life and work of Jessie Weston, who, largely working outside the mainstream of scholarly tradition, exercised a powerful influence on Arthurian studies. The regular Update feature catalogues Arthurian legend in the fine and applied art of the 19th and early 20th centuries, contributed by ROGER SIMPSON.

Bestiary Being an English Version of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Bodley 764

Bestiary Being an English Version of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Bodley 764

Author: Richard Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1992

Bestiaries are a particularly characteristic product of medieval England, and give a unique insight into the medieval mind. Richly illuminated and lavishly produced, they were luxury objects for noble families. Their three-fold purpose was to provide a natural history of birds, beasts and fishes, to draw moral examples from animal behaviour (the industrious bee, the stubborn ass), and to reveal a mystical meaning - the phoenix, for instance, as a symbol of Christ's resurrection. This Bestiary, MS Bodley 764, was produced around the middle of the thirteenth century and is of singular beauty and interest. The lively illustrations have the freedom and naturalistic quality of the later Gothic style, and make dazzling use of colour. This book reproduces the 136 illuminations to the same size and in the same place as the original manuscript, fitting the text around them. Richard Barber's translation from the original Latin is a delight to read, capturing both the serious intent of the manuscript and its charm. RICHARD BARBER has written many books on the history of and life in the middle ages, from his Somerset Maugham Award-winning The Knight and Chivalry, by way of biographies of Henry II and the Black Prince, to an anthology of Arthurian literature from England, France and Germany, Arthurian Legends, and an account of the historical Arthur, King Arthur: Hero and Legend.

Pilgrimages

Pilgrimages

Author: Richard Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/1991

Pilgrimage, the journey to a distant sacred goal, is found in all the great religions of the world. It is a journey both outwards to hallowed places and inwards to spiritual improvement; it can express penance for past evils, or the search for future good; the pilgrim may pursue spiritual ecstasy in the sacred sites of a particular faith, or seek a miracle through the medium of god or saint. Throughout the world, pilgrims move invisibly in huge numbers among the tourists of today, indistinguishable from them except in purpose. In England each year 000 pilgrims make the journey to Canterbury cathedral and the shrine of Thomas Becket; the great festival at Prayaga on the Ganges attracts over fifteen million men and women. This is the first book to offer a survey of the great pilgrimage traditions. It outlines the history of different customs and brings together some of the common themes, revealing in the process surprising similarities in practice among pilgrims of widely differing beliefs and times. RICHARD BARBER's interests range widely over the middle ages. He is the author of The Knight and Chivalry and the Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe;he has also written biographies of the Henry II and the Black Prince, and a history, The Pastons: A Family in the Wars of the Roses, as well as two classic Arthurian books, Arthurian Legends and King Arthur: Hero and Legend.Cover illustration: The scallop shell symbol of pilgrims to the shrine of St James at Santiago de Compostela. This scallop shell, still showing simple colouring, was found in the grave of a young man buried in Keynsham Abbey in the 12th century; the holes in the beak, for attaching the shell to the pilgrim's scrip, are clearly visible.

Arthurian Literature X

Arthurian Literature X

Author: Richard Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/1991

The tenth volume of Arthurian Literature continues some ofthe themes of earlier issues, as well as exploring unfamiliar andcontroversial ground. The second part of CHRISTINE POULSON's survey of the Arthurian legend in 19th-century art is an analysisby subject of the works catalogued by artist in Arthurian Literature IX. A. H. W. SMITH provides a substantial update to MaryWildman's bibliography of modern Arthurian literature which appearedin Arthurian Literature II, adding not only recent works butalso many items missing from the earlier list. Mr Smith also contributesan article on Ponticus Virumnius and the text of Gildas, one of themore intriguing mysteries of Arthurian text history, and sets outVirumnius' claim to have seen a poem by Gildas which has since disappeared. ARMEL DIVERRES writes on the origins of Chretien de Troyes'Conte del Graal; he argues that we should seek the poet's inspiration in the crusading activities of Philip of Flanders, supporting his case with a careful examination of many otherwise difficult passages in the poem.

Arthurian Literature IX

Arthurian Literature IX

Author: Richard Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/1989

This collection of new essays on Arthurian themes contains one on Layamon, two on Chretien, and one on Victorian art. They are as follows: Oliver Goulden, 'Erec et Enide': The Central Section The opening and closing sections of Erec et Enide have always attracted critical attention: Dr Goulden argues that the central section, often neglected, is crucial to our understanding of the poem.Claude Luttrell, The Arthurian Hunt with a White Bratchet:The theme of the hunt with a magical hound is found from the Mabinogion to Malory, and this essay charts its gradual change from the supernatural.W.R.J.Barron and Francoise Le Saux, Aspects of Layamon's Narrative Art: Layamon's Arthurian epic has been regarded as little more than a lively translation of Wace, here his different approach to narrative is examined, and shown to be an original aspect of his work.Christine Poulson, Arthurian Legend in Fine and Applied Art of the 19th and early 20th Centuries: A Catalogue of Artists:Following the bibliographies of modern Arthurian writing in earlier volumes, Dr Poulson presents a catalogue of visual materials. A list by subject will appear in Volume X.

Arthurian Literature VI

Arthurian Literature VI

Author: Richard Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/1986

Arthurian Literature V

Arthurian Literature V

Author: Richard Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/1985

Arthurian Literature IV

Arthurian Literature IV

Author: Richard Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/1985

Arthurian Literature III

Arthurian Literature III

Author: Richard Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/1983

The Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince from contemporary letters, diaries and chronicles, including Chandos Herald's <I>Life of the Black Prince</I>

The Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince from contemporary letters, diaries and chronicles, including Chandos Herald's Life of the Black Prince

Author: Richard Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1979

Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, known as the Black Prince, is one of those heroes of history books so impressive as to seem slightly unreal. At sixteen he played a leading part in the fighting at Crecy; at twenty-six he captured the king of France at Poitiers; and eleven years later he restored Pedro of Castile to histhrone at the battle of Najera. His exploits were chronicled by Jean Froissart, but Froissart was writing three or four decades after the events he describes. There are other sources much closer to events, and it is on these that the present volume draws. Most immediate are the reports sent home by the prince's companions-in-arms and his own letters, which graphically convey the hardships and difficulties of campaigning, its dangers and sheer fatigue. These are followed by campaign diaries and the story of Crecy and other exploits of the prince's from Geoffrey le Baker's chronicle (c.1358-60), itself drawing on similar letters and diaries. Finally there is the chronicle of Chandos Herald, which shows the prince as he appeared to an English writer in the 1380s. Each of the sources is discussed in detail in the introductions to the extracts. RICHARD BARBER's books on the age of chivalry include The Knight and Chivalry, Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, King Arthur: Hero and Legend and Arthurian Legends. He has also written the Companion Guide to Gascony and the Dordogne, the background to so many of the Black Prince's exploits, and the Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe.

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