Oct 22, 2021
The Age of Warfare dies with King Naresuan. The final years of his reign were marked by the reestablishment of Ayutthayan supremacy across the region. Old vassals were restored to subservience, trade routes were brought back under central control, and rebels were snuffed out in an instant.
But King Naresuan garnered a reputation for being quick to anger, cruel and merciless. His epithet "The Black Prince" reveals much of his perception then and now. Indeed, the Age of Warfare was as much a rejection of his brand of kingship as it was a natural phenomenon.