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Imprisoner of Princes


  • Sir John Kentwood was an unimportant knight from Kentwood Manor at Tilehurst, near Reading.

  • He fought with the Black Prince in the French campaigns of the Hundred Years War. They were about the same age.

  • The Prince only took notice of John after he captured Prince Philip of France at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356.

  • John was able to sell his prisoner to the Black Prince for nearly 3,000. That's about 1 million in today's money! It was so much that John had to be paid slowly over many years.

  • Both were very pleased with the deal and John became friends with the Prince.

  • Sir John married the sister of Bishop Braybrooke of London. Their son became the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

  • When the Black Prince's son became King Richard II, he appointed Sir John as Steward of the Duchy of Cornwall.

  • This meant that he was in charge of all of Cornwall. It was a very important job, but it kept him a long way from home and he missed all the exciting things happening at the Royal court in Windsor and London.


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