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On this day in history, March 26th 1351, Jean de Beaumanoir of the Franco-Breton forces issues a challenge to Robert Bemborough of the English Forces; the resulting engagement is remembered as the Combat of the Thirty Knights. The battle was fought during the War of Breton Succession, which was fought between the English and French over who would govern and control the Duchy of Brittany in northwestern France. In this battle, both sides fielded thirty Champions, Knights, and Squires. The combatants fought with knives, swords, axes, and spears and some were mounted and some were on foot. The battle lasted for many hours, but ultimately the English were defeated. The battle was immortalized by poets and chroniclers as the epitome of Chivalric action as all the combatants exhibited great bravery and courage. The English lost nine dead and the French lost six dead, but all the survivors on both sides were wounded seriously.