What is it with the year 1453 and manly deaths?
Fall of Constantinople and the last Roman Emperor
>Constantine XI, throwing aside his purple regalia, led the final charge against the oncoming Ottomans, dying in the ensuing battle in the streets like his soldiers, although his ultimate fate remains unknown.
Death of John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury at Castillon
>a.k.a "The English Achilles", a daring and aggressive soldier, perhaps the most audacious Captain of the Age. He and his forces acted as a kind of fire brigade ever ready to retake a town and to meet a French advance. His trademark was rapid aggressive attacks. In January 1436, he led a small force including Kyriell and routed La Hire and Xaintrailles at Ry near Rouen. The following year at Crotoy, after a daring passage of the Somme, he put a numerous Burgundian force to flight. In December 1439, following a surprise flank attack on their camp, he dispersed the 6000 strong army of the Constable Richemont, and the following year he retook Harfleur. In 1441, he pursued the French army four times over the Seine and Oise rivers in an unavailing attempt to force them to battle.
>Taken hostage at Rouen in 1449 he promised never to wear armour against the French King again, and he was true to his word.
He fought without armor until his death in 1453, goddamn...
>His heart was buried in the doorway of St Alkmund's Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
>The victorious French generals raised a monument to Talbot on the field called Notre Dame de Talbot. And the French Chroniclers paid him handsome tribute:
>"Such was the end of this famous and renowned English leader who for so long had been one of the most formidable thorns in the side of the French, who regarded him with terror and dismay" - Matthew d'Escourcy