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