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Book of the Month: The Combat of the Thirty

Our next book in the Book of the Month Club will be The Combat of the Thirty, translated by Steven Muhlberger. 

On March 27, 1351, sixty armed men gathered in a field in Brittany, halfway between the two enemy castles of Josselin and Ploermel. Representing the garrisons of those two strongholds, these two groups of thirty men at arms they had appeared in this field with no strategic or tactical goal, other than to make good on their captains promise: “We will go to an open field and there we will fight as long as we can endure it.”


The resulting battle, known as the Combat of the Thirty, has gone on to become one of the most fascinating accounts of warfare from the Middle Ages. In this book Steven Muhlberger translates the historical accounts of the Combat and then examines both what contemporaries thought, and how the battle has been remembered through the centuries, giving readers a window into late medieval chivalric culture.

You can learn more about this book from Freelance Academy Press.

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