Durham Field [Child 159]
DESCRIPTION: Edward III is at war in France, so the king of Scotland invades England. In battle, he fares badly and is taken prisoner to London. Edward has returned. The Scottish king admits an English yeoman is worth a Scottish knight.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1750 (Percy folio)
KEYWORDS: fight war prisoner
1327-1377 - Reign of King Edward III of England
1346 - Battle of Durham. King David of Scotland defeated and taken prisoner by the English, even though their main army was fighting in France
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Child 159, "Durham Field" (1 text)
OBB 126, "Durham Field" (1 text)
Morgan-Medieval, pp. 147-154, "Durham Field" (1 text)
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