The Black Prince was educated at Old Sarum, the home of the Earl of Salisbury, a very close friend of the prince’s father, King Edward III.
At Old Sarum he counted as his closest friends Willam Montacute, the Earl’s son and his cousin Joan of Kent.
He apparently showed little interest in languages, mathematics, art or literature.
in 1346, at the age of sixteen he was given command of the right wing during the battle of Crecy which became an outstanding English victory and a disaster for the Franks.
He also fought at the battle of Winchelsea in 1350, a sea battle in which an English fleet defeated a fleet of Castilian mercenaries Commanded by Charles de la Cerda. The Prince’s ship was sunk but he was rescued by Henry of Grosmont, Duke of Lancaster.
Did he show insufficient gratitude for the Duke’s action? It was the last time the Duke gave the Prince recognition or consideration.