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Knyghthode and Bataile (Cotton MS Titus A XXIII)

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Knyghthode and Bataile
Cotton MS Titus A ⅹⅹⅲ, British Library
London, United Kingdom
(No scans available)
Also known as The Poem of the Pel
Type Fencing manual
Date ca. 1500
Place of origin British Empire
Language(s) Middle English
Author(s) John Neele
Patron Viscount Beaumont
Size 53 folia
Exemplar(s) MS 243 (ca. 1460)
External data Library catalog entry

Knyghthode and Bataile ("Knighthood and Battle", Cottonian MS Titus A.ⅹⅹⅲ) is a 16th century of an English war book written by John Neele in 1458-1460.[1] The original currently rests in the Titus section of Cotton Library, in the British Library in London, United Kingdom. Knyghthode and Bataile is a verse paraphrase of Flavius Vegetius Renatus' war book De re militari (ca. 390), and is particularly interesting for its detailed description of training with a pole or pile (commonly referred to as the Poem of the Pel).




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  1. Daniel Wakelin. "The Occasion, Author, and Readers of Knyghthode and Bataile". Medium Aevum, vol. 73 iss. 2. Fall 2004.

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