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Heraldic Arts - The Heraldry Society of Scotland

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joust a l'outrance - by Mark Dennis
   

In May 1390 during a truce in the long running state of war between Scotland and England, Sir David de Lindsay and the English baron, John de Welles, kept a pledge to joust a l'outrance, to the death, with pointed and edged weapons. Other Scots and English knights participated in the tournament held on London Bridge before King Richard II and his court. Lindsay, later first Earl Crawford, is shown in this interpretation at the point he unhorsed de Welles. They then fought on foot, and again de Lindsay prevailed. With Lord de WelIes' life on the point of the Scot's dagger and the English king having declined to intervene to spare him, the chivalious Sir David relented and helped the Englishman to his feet rather than slay him. The Scots carried the day and were presented with rich gifts by the English king. It was a medieval version of Twickenham.

 

 

 

The Heraldry Society of Scotland   last Update 05 Jun 2017