Swans, Feast of the

The occasion at Westminster, on Whit Sunday, 1306, when Edward I knighted his son, the prince of Wales, later Edward II. Almost 300 other young man came to be knighted at the same time. It was a great event, with the old king inspired by chivalric ideals. The feast takes its name from the two swans which were laid on the table, and over which Edward I swore to fight the Scots and infidels in the Holy Land.

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