And so that these three should have firm notice, however late, of what they were committed to do on the morrow, there was in an open area well suited for jousting a certain spruce tree, which was beautiful, branchy and well shaped, in which it was arranged that two shields should hang, one for blunt lances for the joust of peace, and the other for sharp steel for the joust of war; and any noble coming to this spruce tree should touch which of the two shields he wished with a certain wand which he would find ready there, and a certain herald was placed among the branches at the highest point of the spruce tree waiting from sunrise to sunset and he should respond to anyone touching the shields by asking who he was and from what country, and that one should tell the herald his name, country, and family, and whether he was noble by name or by arms. And the herald should immediately write this down in his papers and always late in the day to his three masters who were named above.
Indeed a very large number of noble knights and squires from different regions outside of the kingdom of France came together in that place to take part in this jousting and to test the prowess of these men at arms; and especially the English came. Among them, just like the rest, came the Earl of Derby, the heir of the aforesaid duke of Lancaster, who was soon to be king of England, as will be reported below. He gave the Frenchmen from his largesse many great gifts.
But these three knights, failing in nothing, so mightily and valorously conducted themselves in this deed, in which they overcame all the others who came both by their vigor in arms and by their lavish banquest and gifts, through the generosity of the aforesaid king, that they were commended with praises from abroad and heaped up the highest possible honor and glory for his consecrated Gallic realm.
Froissart's account of St. Inglevert
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