FRIDAY KNIGHTS - John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey (1231 - 1304)

The arms of John de Warenne
The arms of John de Warenne
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Keen local historian Jon Gunson has compiled this series entitled Friday Knight - knights who fought at the Battle of Lewes - giving each a brief biography.

John Warren took part in the rout of the Londoners, and returned to find the battle already lost - a disappointing result, for a home game. He left at once for the continent. Contemporaries accused him of cowardice, but as William of Rishanger says: bellat prudenter, qui bella fugit sapienter. ( A wise soldier knows when to retreat). The army he raised in France proved very useful, next year, at Evesham. This coat of arms is supposed to be the oldest known. It still flies, from Lewes Castle.