he have not left them behind him in France '" that is, in the provinces belonging to the French crown, the greater part of Picardy being at this time an English province.
In an old English poem on the siege of Bouen, a.d. 1418, Henry is described as riding
"On a bronne stede j Of blak damaske was his wede, A peytrelle of golde full brygt Aboute his necke hynge down rigt, And a pendaunte behind him did honge Unto the erthe, it was so longe.8 "
The peytrelle. orpoitral was a piece of horse-furniture of this period; but if by " his necke". is meant the king's, and not his " broune stede's," we must presume it to have been some golden collar thus called, as " hanging down from about his neck" could hardly be the description of a breast-plate: besides which, he is not supposed to be armed, but entering in his garments of peace—a weed of black damask. The long " pendaunte" was most probably a pennon carried behind him, and no part of his attire. .
Beards were not much worn in this reign, and the hair was cut close round above the ears in a very unbecoming fashion. Whiskers are not seen, and moustaches are only partially worn. The general character indeed of the whole of the fifteenth century is a closely shorn chin.
7 Chroniques, torn, i., sub anno 1422.
8 Vide Archffiologia, vol. xxii.
In the first year of Henry V.'s reign the colour of the surcoat and chaperon of the knights of the Garter was changed again to white. The whole of the dress was still of cloth.9
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