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Knyghthode and Bataile (MS.243)

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Knyghthode and Bataile
MS 243, Pembroke College
Cambridge, United Kingdom
(No scans available)
Also known as The Poem of the Pel
Type Fencing manual
Date ca. 1460
Place of origin England
Language(s) Middle English
Author(s) John Neele
Patron Viscount Beaumont
Size 55 folia
External data Library catalog entry

Knyghthode and Bataile ("Knighthood and Battle", MS 243) is an English war book written by John Neele in 1458-1460.[1] The original currently rests in the holdings of Pembroke College in Cambridge, 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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Additional Resources

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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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