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Sir Isumbras

Sir Isumbras was able to make a suit of armour for himself and weapons fit for a knight to ride into battle with.

Knights and squires were sent out to search for Sir Isumbras and they found him badly wounded; but despite this, they brought him before the king. He was asked his name and, rather than revealing who he really was, he said: 'Sir, I work at a blacksmith's forge. What will you do with me?'

'I have never before seen a man who works at a blacksmith's forge conduct himself so well in battle,' said the king, incredulously.

'Please could I have some food and water, replied Sir Isumbras, modestly. 'Anything else I think of asking you for can wait until I have recovered from these wounds.'

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Al the longe sevene yere
A smethis man was he there
And yit monethis twoo.
By that he hadde hym armes dyght,
Al that fel for a knyght
To batayle whenne he wolde goo.

The tale of Sir Isumbras is found in nine Medieval manuscripts, the earliest dating to c. 1350, and in five early printed editions, testifying to its popularity. It is refered to, rather disparagingly, in a religious work dating to c. 1320.
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Sir Isumbras – TEAMS Middle English text with an introduction

Sir Isumbras – Wikipedia

Medieval Romance – Wikipedia

Medieval Institute Publications – ShopWMU – Harriet Hudson, 2006. Four Middle English Romances: Sir Isumbras, Octavian, Sir Eglamour of Artois, Sir Tryamour. Second edition. TEAMS Middle English texts


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