Friday, November 30, 2007

Greenwich, May 1510

...his grace (Henry VIII) with two others with him challenged all comers to fight with them at barriers with target and casting the spear of 8 feet long, and that done his grace with the said two aids to fight every of them 12 strokes with two-handed swords with and against all comers, none excepted being a gentleman; where the king behaved himself so well and delivered himself so valiantly, by his hardy prowess and great strength, that the praise and laud was given to his Grace and his aids notwithstanding that divers valiant and strong persons had assailed him and his aids.

Holinshed’s Chronicle, p.806

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