Deeds of Arms

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Excerpt from Scalacronica, the Reigns of Edward I, Edward II, and Edward III, as recorded by Sir Thomas Gray, trans. Sir Herbert Maxwell (Glasgow, 1907), p. 148.

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The Old French text of Scalachronica has been published only in a rare edition of the early 19th century.  So far I have not been able to gain access to it.   I myself have my doubts whether the phrase à outrance was actually used by Thomas Grey.

[Edward III's 1359 campaign in France.]

The Duke of Lancaster followed a route between the king and his son, and the three columns formed a junction before Reims lying all around the city in hamlets for a month at Christmastide.  From the column of the said prince the town of Cormicy was taken by escalade and the castle won, the keep being mined and thrown down by the people of the said prince.  On the challenge of the French of Reims, Bartholomew de Burghersh, an officer of the Duke of Lancaster's army, fought there à outrance by formal arrangement, where one Frenchman was killed and two others wounded by lance-point.