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The Combat Of The Thirty Against Thirty: An Example Of Medieval Chivalry?

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On March 16, 1351, one of the most picturesque combats of the fourteenth century took place in a Breton field near a tree that came to be known as ?the Halfway Oak.? The Monk of St. Denis? account of St. Inglevert shows an Englishman, Robert de Rochefort, claiming intemperately that he had been cheated of an opportunity to fight. The Combat of the Thirty against Thirty, they show us, was not about winning the war in Brittany, but about testing the quality of individual warriors. Even those who have never been in combat will find the anger and hot words very easy to believe, perhaps more believable than the courteous exchanges recorded by Jean le Bel or Froissart. It will be tempting for some to say that the more courteous account is a typical chivalric-revival fraud.

Keywords: Brittany; Froissart; Halfway Oak; Jean le Bel; St. Inglevert; Thirty against Thirty



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