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Ordonances of Chivalry
England, probably London, third and fourth quarters of the 15th century
MS M.775 fol. 277v

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Scene, Sports and Games: Axe Combat -- Within fenced area in city of Smithfield, John Astley and Philip Boyle, both wearing armor, holding axes, engage in axe combat. Four soldiers, all wearing armor and holding axes, and herald, wearing tabard with royal arms of England look on. Young Henry VI, holding scepter, is seated as judge with three attendants on raised and covered platform. Beyond wall behind platform, crowd of figures looks on.

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