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    "They with the prince sent a messenger to the king, who was on a little windmill hill.

    Then the knight said to the king: 'Sir, the earl of Warwick and the earl of Oxford, Sir Raynold Cobham and other, such as be about the prince, your son, are fiercely fought withal and are sore handled; wherefore they desire you that you and your battle will come and aid them; for if the Frenchmen increase, as they doubt they will, your son and they shall have much ado.'

    Then the king said: 'Is my son dead or hurt or on the earth felled?'

    'No, sir,' quoth the knight, 'but he is hardly matched; wherefore he hath need of your aid.'

    'Well" said the king, 'return to him and to them that sent you hither, and say to them that they send no more to me for any adventure that falleth, as long as my son is alive: and also say to them that they suffer him this day to win his spurs; for if God be pleased, I will this journey be his and the honour thereof, and to them that be about him.'

    Then the knight returned again to them and shewed the king's words, the which greatly encouraged them."

    -Quoted from Froissart's chronicle of the legendary episode during the Battle of Crecy in 1346. Such was the response of King Edward III to his son Prince Edward's (the Black Prince)
    plight while being hard pressed in the battle. Good chest thumping, warlike, manly stuff that has served to bolster the fighting English spirit in the nearly 700 years since.

    I quote this recounting here because the sword pictured is my reworking of the Albion Crecy, named after this most celebrated English victory in the Hundred Years War.

    On a related note, see my photo of the Black Prince's funeral achievments that hung above his tomb in Canterbury Cathedral at: www.flickr.com/photos/8765199@N07/2281761284/in/set-72157...

    The Victorian equestrian statue of him in the city of Leeds: www.flickr.com/photos/8765199@N07/2281760526/in/set-72157...

    Andre de Montsegur, rainmiyu2, hans s, and 16 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Andre de Montsegur 70 months ago | reply

      Said Richard III of his boy, Edward, the Black Prince...?

    2. One lucky guy 70 months ago | reply

      Too many Edwards and Richards to keep straight my friend. See the caption above. Indeed it references the Black Prince.

    3. hans s 70 months ago | reply

      perfect light, colors and composition

    4. One lucky guy 70 months ago | reply

      Thanks Hans! That's a real complement coming from you!

    5. dlmanrg 70 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Esgrima,Escrime,Fencing,Fechten,Šerm;Artistique,theatre., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. dlmanrg 70 months ago | reply

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    7. darrups 70 months ago | reply

      Nicely Composed!

    8. *Tracy 69 months ago | reply

      Love this shot, love the light on the sword & composition. btw one of my fave books is TH Whites Once & Future King :)

    9. The Grey Area 68 months ago | reply

      Beautifully lit shot.

    10. kelsk 62 months ago | reply

      brilliant shot and a brilliant description

      ₪ Brilliant Photograph by an 'H&M' Expert!

      (Post 1 - Award 2 pics on the first 2 pages)

    11. Temari 09 60 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this with the Creative Commons - Free Pictures group. fave.

    12. snow dog 67 54 months ago | reply

      Just perfect.

    13. ihr.webmaster 8 months ago | reply

      We think this image is fantastic. Thanks for sharing it and for releasing it under a Creative Commons license. We thought you might like to know that we've decided to use it as part of our redesign of British History Online (www.british-history.ac.uk). Let us know if you have any concerns, and thanks again.

    14. One lucky guy 8 months ago | reply

      ihr.webmaster: I have no concerns at all about you using the image. I am flattered and glad you like it! Thanks for informing me.

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