"Thirty Englishmen, As lions brave, did battle give to Bretons three times ten" - Chivalry, The Combat of the Thirty and the War of the Breton Succession
26 March 1351, at the chêne de Mi-Voie, the Halfway Oak between Ploërmel and Josselin on the edge of the Broceliande Forest in Brittany, 30 Franco-Breton and 30 Anglo-Breton knights met to fight a tourney-like emprise, the legendary Combat of the Thirty.
“Siegneurs, knights, barons, bannerets, and bachelors I pray, / Bishops and abbots, holy clerks, heralds and minstrels gay, / Ye valiant men of all degrees, give ear unto my lay. / Attend, I say and ye shall hear how Thirty Englishmen, / As lions brave, did battle give to Bretons three times ten. /And sith the story of this fight I shall tell faithfully, / A hundred years hereafter it shall remembered be, / And warriors hoar recount it then to children on the knee.”
(William Harrison Ainsworth, "The Combat of the Thirty")
|Octave Penguilly L'Haridon (1811 - 1872) "Le Combat des Trente" (1857)|
|The "Combat of the Thirty" from Pierre le Baud's "Compillation des cronicques et ystoires des Bretons"|
|A 19th century imagination of the death of Robert Bemborough during the Combat of the Thirty|
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