Enguerrand de Monstrelet: "And the reason for this name
[Battle of the Herrings] was because a great portion of the
English wagons were loaded with herrings and other Lenten
food." (For the original language, see: "Chronique d'Enguerran de Monstrelet: en deux livres, avec pièces justificatives: 1400-1444", Vol. IV, p. 313).
Lent, the forty days before Easter, was a time of fasting during which meat was forbidden, although fish was allowed for soldiers in the field. Salt-herring, a common staple in 15th century France, was chosen as the fish of choice in this case.
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