This Day in History: 1387-04-02

On 2nd April 1387, John of Gaunt, lord of Pontefract, and King John of Portugal besieged Benevente de Campos but had to move on after a ‘friendly’ jousting match with the defenders as they had inadequate siege equipment. Gaunt’s army of around 1500 was a small part of the 9000 or so troops and Gaunt was relegated to a junior role.