FRIDAY KNIGHTS - Sir Waleran de Monceux (dates uncertain)

The arms of Sir Waleran de Monceux
The arms of Sir Waleran de Monceux

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.

Contemporary chroniclers identify some of those who fought at Lewes; the names of others appear in legal documents. The presence of many more can be deduced from circumstantial evidence....The Earl of Leicester was Sir Waleran’s landlord. Of course, a knight does not pay rent - he turns up when required, with his horse and harness and his retinue, and fights for his lord. Sir Waleran must have been called up: Simon needed all the help he could get, and was at Herstmonceux a few days before the battle. And Waleran must have honoured his pledge: next year he is a trusted bodyguard to Countess Eleanor as she runs for the safety of Dover Castle.