This course will cover the reign of Edward III, who came to the throne aged fourteen in 1327 and reigned for 50 years. His reign was dominated by the Hundred Years War which he sparked off in 1337 by laying claim to the throne of France. The War included the famous victories of the Battles of Crecy and Poitiers involving his eldest son later known as The Black Prince. We shall be particularly looking at their love of tournaments and jousting, the foundation of the Order of the Garter and contemporary attitudes to Chivalry. Then we shall look at how important Chivalry and the Medieval Past became in the nineteenth and earlier twentieth century.