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The Controversy between Sir Richard Scrope
and Sir Robert Grosvenor in the Court of Chivalry (1385-1386)

 

Deposition of Sir Richard Waldegrave

Sir Richard Waldegrave is representative of the many deponents who had been at some of the same places as Chaucer's Knight.

SIR RICHARD WALDEGRAVE, aged forty-eight, armed twenty-five years, deposed that the arms Azure, a bend Or [gold], belonged to the Scropes, who were reputed to be of ancient lineage, as he had heard, in the lifetime of the Earl of Northampton.

He saw Sir Richard so armed in the expedition of the late King before Paris, and at the same time Sir Henry Scrope with his banner, on which were the said arms with a white label.

And also beyond the great sea he saw Sir William Scrope so armed, with a label, in the company of the Earl of Hereford at Satalia in Turkey, at a treaty which was concluded between the King of Cyprus and "le Takka," Lord of Satalia, when the King of Cyprus became Lord of Satalia.

At Balyngham-hill the banner of Sir Henry was displayed; and in the expedition into Caux, when the Lord of Lancaster was commander-in- chief, Sir William Scrope, son of the said Sir Richard, was so armed, with a label.

The Deponent could not say which of the ancestors of Sir Richard first bore the arms, but since this dispute he had heard that his ancestors came direct from the Conquest; and, before this challenge, he had been informed that they were of ancient lineage; but he certainly never heard of any challenge or interruption offered by Sir Robert Grosvenor, or his ancestors, to the bearing of the arms in question.

[The arms of Sir Richard Waldegrave were, Per pale Argent and Gules.]

 

The text is from The Controversy between Sir Richard Scrope and Sir Robert Grosvenor in the Court of Chivalry A.D. MCCCLXXXV-MCCCXC, ed. Sir N. Harris Nicholas, London, 1832, pp. 377-78 [paragraphing and occasional gloss added].

 

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