(ORDO NEWS) — The “Black Prince” or Edward of Wales was a very famous knight in the Middle Ages. The eldest son of King Edward III of England lived from 1330 to 1376.
Earlier, scientists assumed that he died of dysentery, but the exact cause of death was never established. But now scientists have finally been able to establish what caused the death of the heir to the throne.
For a long time, historians assumed that Edward most likely died of dysentery, but this is not the case.
Doctors from the 21st Engineer Regiment in Yorkshire studied in detail all the historical evidence about the prince’s life and came to the conclusion that he had malaria.
The knight died shortly after returning from a military campaign to France in 1372.
If he really had dysentery, he simply would not have been able to pass the medical examination and participate in the campaign.
The Black Prince is considered the most famous warrior in the history of England. He went to the first war at the age of 16. In battles, he showed himself quite cruelly, that’s why he got his nickname.
The death of Edward III in 1376 and his father just a year later has become a real mystery for historians. Then 10-year-old Richard inherited the crown.
Historians say that the Black Prince fell ill and died after the Battle of Najera (Spain). There is a mention of it in a poem by Herald John Chandos.
He was a close friend of Edward and also an English military leader.
Then, after the battles, up to 80% of the army died from dysentery and other diseases. So they thought that the knight was also sick, as well as his army.
Modern doctors say that death from malaria is more likely. Even before the Battle of Naher, the young man had anemia, damaged kidneys, liver problems, arthritis and other health problems.
Researchers say that brucellosis and malaria were widespread in Europe in those years.
The symptoms that the prince had were more indicative of malaria. This is entirely consistent with the fluctuating nature of the illness, as well as the decline in the last days of his life.
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