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The chivalric heroics of Bertrand du Guesclin, Constable of France

Posted in Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History on Tuesday, 31 July 2012

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This edited article about Bertrand du Guesclin originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 757 published on 17th July 1976.

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Bertrand du Guesclin

Bertrand du Guesclin, one of France’s most famous warriors who was raised to the rank of Constable, the highest position in the land, died on July 13, 1380.

Bertrand came of a noble but poor family, and his one ambition was to become a great soldier. When he was 14 years old his father went to a jousting tournament and the boy secretly followed on a pony.

When the first knight in the tournament was defeated, Bertrand begged to borrow the knight’s horse and armour. The request being granted, Bertrand returned to the jousting and defeated 15 adversaries in quick succession.

When his father challenged him, the “unknown knight” refused to do battle, but was finally persuaded to identify himself. It was the beginning of a career in which he made himself the idol of the whole of France.

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