“Durham Field”


Edward III is at war in France, so the king of Scotland invades England. In battle, he fares badly and is taken prisoner to London. Edward has returned. The Scottish king admits an English yeoman is worth a Scottish knight.

Historical references

  • 1327-1377 - Reign of King Edward III of England
  • 1346 - Battle of Durham. King David of Scotland defeated and taken prisoner by the English, even though their main army was fighting in France


  1. Child 159, "Durham Field" (1 text)
  2. OBB 126, "Durham Field" (1 text)
  3. Roud #3998
  4. BI, C159


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1750 (Percy folio)
Keywords: fight war prisoner