Why is Prince Eugene mentioned as ‘our good Prince Eugene’ by Kaspar in the poem After Blenheim by Robert Southey?
Prince Eugene was one of the most successful military commanders in modern European history. Though a French by birth, he was a general of the Imperial Army and statesman of the Holy Roman Empire and the Archduchy of Austria.
In the Battle of Blenheim Eugene joined hands with the English Captain-General, the Duke of Marlborough to make the Grand Alliance against the French army. In Europe, the win at Blenheim is regarded as much a victory for Eugene as it is for Marlborough. Both of them receive great praise for the victory. That is why Kaspar refers to the popular leader as ‘our good Prince Eugene’.