Sunday, July 16, 2006

Richard Beauchamp vs. Hugh Launey, 1413

Upon the morrow my lord came into the field to accomplish the second arms with sword after the intent of his letter armed in the goodliest wise, as said all the strangers, that ever was seen, with a French crest of ostrich feathers of gold compassed with a white chaplet above his basinet. And run together on horseback. So that my lord smote the knight that cleppid him in his letter; le Chevalier Blanc, to whom the right name is Monsieur Hugh de Lawney, that he recoiled him to his horses behind. And another stroke smote up his visor. And ever thanked be God had much the better by all men’s judgment. And so for his high worship fulfilled the points of his arms and ever his umberer down for he would not be known in the field. And at his departing out of the field my lord sent to his fellow a fair courser.

Landsdowne MS. No. 285 in Cripps-Day, F.H. The Tournament in France and England. London, 1918, Reprinted AMS Press, NY, 1982.

How Earl Richard the second day came into field, that is to say the morrow after the twelfth day his visor closed, a chaplet on his basinet, and a tuft of ostrich feathers aloft, his horse trapped with arms of Hamslape silver two bars of gules and there met with him the blanc knight, and they ran together, and the Earl smote up his visor thrice, and break his besagues and other harness, all his apparel saved, and so with the victory and himself unknown; rode to the pavilion again, and sent to this blanc knight Sir Hugh Lawney a good courser.

Pageant of the Birth Life and Death of Richard Beauchamp Earl of Warwick K. G. 1389-1439, Dillon, Viscount, Ed. London 1914

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