Friday, May 27, 2011

W 26

26.  Charny asks:   A captain is besieging a city with a great number of men at arms; and they are well quartered just as each one should be.   It happens that the captain has one of his salaried constables leave, and this constable has a good fifty men at arms under his banner, and they are all sent to be the garrison to defend a city of the said captain; and the constable remains there a good month or at least three weeks.   And straightaway as he leaves the army another hired foreign constable joins the army and he has as many men at arms as the one who has left, and he lodges in the quarters of the one who has left by the orders of the marshal of the army.   It happens that the captain of the army orders the constable who left to return.   So he returns to the army, and comes to the army under orders to lodge in his original quarters, and the constable whom he finds lodged there refuses to leave.   How will it be judged by the law of arms?  

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