Turenne’s horse leads the way

October 9, 2014

Equestrian Portrait of Henri De La Tour D'Auvergne (1611-75) Marshal Turenne. Painting by Adam Frans van der Meulen.

Equestrian Portrait of Henri De La Tour D’Auvergne (1611-75) Marshal Turenne. Painting by Adam Frans van der Meulen.

When he died on the battlefield, the Marshall de Turenne was riding a magnificent horse, which was well-known and admired by his soldiers. Deprived of their leader, the officers were momentarily at a loss as to what to do, when the soldiers spoke up:

— “Put the Commandant’s horse in the front and we will follow it wherever it goes.”

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Edmond Guérard, Dictionnaire encyclopédique d’anécdotes (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1872), Vol. 1, 208 (Nobility.org translation).

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 427

 

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