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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Fastolf, Sir John
A distinguished soldier of Henry V.'s reign, who with Sir John Oldcastle shares the doubtful honour of being the prototype of Shakespeare's Falstaff, but unlike the dramatist's creation was a courageous soldier, and won distinction at Agincourt and at the "Battle of the Herrings"; after engaging with less success in the struggle against Joan of Arc, he returned to England and spent his closing years in honoured retirement at Norfolk, his birthplace; he figures in the "Paston Letters" (1378-1459).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Fastolf, Sir John'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/f/fastolf-sir-john.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.