Friday, May 27, 2011

W 54

54.  Charny asks:   A captain of a city has retained a gentleman at the wages of a foot sergeant.   So the captain and the people under him agree that all who take profit from their enemies will put into the common booty for the men at arms to share, and that and the footmen will have a share of it, but less than the men at arms.   So it happens that the men at arms and the footmen of this garrison sally out against their enemies and kill and take and gain a great deal.  The gentleman who is at the wages of a footman has found a horse and is mounted on that day with the others who are well armed.  When they have returned they share the booty; and this gentleman demands the share of a man at arms, and the men at arms say no.  Many good arguments are given on either side.  How will it be judged by the law of arms?  

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