Posted on January 16, 2018
Court documents from 1357 show the term first used for the Count de Ventadour, captured at the Battle of Poitiers. “It’s possible this early use of the phrase was prompted by the very large number of soldiers captured at Poitiers,” says Dr Remy Ambuhl. This suggests a “new phrase linked to a new status”, says Dr Ambuhl. But Dr Ambuhl says his research has shown that the legal “rights” attached to a medieval prisoner of war were not about protecting the captured soldier.