By chance I came across this image on the internet today; I had seen it once before in a general book on chivalry and it remained in my mind, begging a question, which I am delighted to set before readers.
It is taken from a genealogical manuscript and depicts Sir Thomas Montague, 4th Earl of Salisbury
(13 June 1388 – 3 November 1428), a distinguished soldier in the Lancastrian invasion of France and who was fatally wounded by a cannon ball in the early stages of the seige of Orleans in 1428. With the Earl is his first wife Lady Eleanor Holland, Countess of Salisbury (1386- after 1413). Eleanor was the daughter of the 2nd Earl of Kent and Lady Alice Fitzalan.
Now what intrigues about this illustration of this well-born and well-connected couple is, of course, the chain linking them. Is it a case of the Earl saying " You will go to the tournament and enjoy it" or the Countess saying " You are NOT going to another tournament"?