Deeds of Arms

A Collection of Accounts
of Formal Deeds of Arms of the Fourteenth Century

edited by Steven Muhlberger

Excerpt translated from Historia Vitae et Regni Ricardi Secundi, ed. George B. Stow, Jr. (Philadelphia, 1977), p. 130.

Translated by Steven Muhlberger, July 15, 2001.   Translation copyright 2001.

Deeds of Arms Index -- Historical Materials on Knighthood and Chivalry -- KCT Library


In this year the king held Christmas with Queen Anne at the manor of Woodstock.   At this time the Earl of Pembroke, seventeen years old, when he wanted to try the hastiludes, was struck in the groin by a knight he was jousting against, named John Des, by which blow his internal organs were torn up and he died in that place thereafter.  His death produced unspeakable sorrow among not only the magnates but also the whole commonalty.  For he was generous, courteous to all, humble and kind beyond all the young lords of his age in the kingdom.   It was an extraordinary thing about his family, that from Aymer de Valences, Earl of Pembroke, who was among the assessors and judges of the death of Thomas of Lancaster, up to this John  Hastings, none of the earls of Pembroke saw his father, nor did a father rejoice in the sight of a son.