Three manuscripts relating to tournaments bound together under the arms of Sir Edward Walker (1612-1677), Garter King of Arms, 1645-1646 and 1660-1677

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Three manuscripts relating to tournaments bound together under the arms of Sir Edward Walker (1612-1677), Garter King of Arms, 1645-1646 and 1660-1677

Three manuscripts relating to tournaments bound together under the arms of Sir Edward Walker (1612-1677), Garter King of Arms, 1645-1646 and 1660-1677

Date

mid 15th century

Reference

WAL 1

Level

File

Scope and Content

Three manuscripts relating to tournaments (English/French, 15th-16th century).

Mauscript One contains:
1. ff 1-2r : Le challenge Phillippe de Bouton [May 1467],
2. ff 2r-5r : La declaration du Pas a larbre dor [July 1468],
3. ff 5r : Lestatut darmess de tournoys par le parlement dangleterre [with a copied signature John Paston],
4. ff 5v-6r : Coppie des Chappitres de certains faitz darmes tant a pied comme a cheval... par deux gentilz hommes dalemaigne...,
5. ff 6r-7v : Le tournoy entre le Sire de Jonnelle et le Sire de Comminer,
6. ff 8r : La ciree des Joustes,
7. ff 8v-9r : [Ordinances of Thomas of Lancaster, 1401],
8. ff 9r-12r : [Tournament between Chalons and De Beul at Tours, 1446],
9. ff 12r-15v : [Article of a tournament to take place in October 1463],
10. ff 16r-32v : [The feats of arms of Philippe de le Laing, 1462-68].
Incomplete.
f 33 : A paper leaf with a note in a 16th century hand, in English, of the number of shires, town and knights' fees, etc., in England, with a possible ownership signature 'Th.Wr.as.gartier' [Thomas Wriothesley, Garter King]. On the back 2 pedigrees, one of De Buoil and the other showing the descent of John Anstis from Robert Chalons, in a late 17th or early 18th century hand, identified as John Anstis.

Manuscript two contains another copy of the account of the tournament between Jean Chalons, Englishman, and Loys de Beul of France (see ff 9-12),
1. f 34r : The arrival of the English contingent, outside the walls of Tours, some wearing a red cross on a white ground and carrying a pennon with the same device,
2. f 35r : The arrival of Chalons, accompanied by several notables and by the Garter King of Arms and four poursuivants, before the King and Queen of France. As the text indicates, Chalons is in armour on a horse with a trapper of black satin with a red cross before and behind and his arrival is announced by four trumpeters with banners of his arms hanging from their trumpets,
3. f 36r : The arrival of Loys de Beul before the King and Queen. De Beul in armour on a horse covered with silver scales, accompanied by a suite including 3 men dressed as fools in parti-coloured suits of blue and white with ears and bells, also trumpeters and minstrels, pages, etc., as described in the text,
4. f 36v : The first encounter in which both broke their lances evenly,
5. f 37r : The third encounter,
6. f 37v : The fourth and fifth encounters,
7. f 38v : The sixth encounter, in which Chalons wounded De Beul to death
f 38v : The fifteenth century presentation signature: Ricardus Champeney a norroy roy darmes.

Manuscript three contains:
1. ff 39-67 : 'Joustes de Monseigneur Antoine Bastard de Bourgogue faictas en Angleterre' with notes in a later hand (? John Anstis) giving references to Rymer, Foedera and Olivier de la Marche, Memoires,
2. f 68r : Blank,
3. f 68v : Later references a above,
4. ff 69-79 : 'Les armes de monsieur de Monnet' [between Breteelles and de Chassa],
5. f 80 : Blank,
6. ff 81-116 : 'Nopces de monseigneur Charles Duc de Bourgougne avec Marguerite d'Angleterre'. With some later references inserted,
9. ff 117-121 : Numbered but blank

Extent

1 volume

Physical Characteristics / Technical Requirements

Three manuscripts relating to tournaments, bound up together in a mid-17th century binding, blind-stamped with the arms of Sir Edward Walker (1612-1677), Garter King of Arms, 1645-1646 and 1660-1677.

Manuscript 1: on vellum, in a mid fifteenth century regular hand, with a few decorated capital letters, in French.

Manuscript 2: on vellum, in a different mid fifteenth century hand. Decorated with eight miniatures showing incidents in the tournament. The stubbs of 4 vellum leaves, one apparently conjugate with f. 34.

Manuscript 3: on paper, with a water-mark made up of the arms of Navarre and France crowned and surrounded by the collar of the order of St. Michael (i.e. late 16th century) in a late 16th century formal hand.

Access Conditions

Open access