Friday, May 27, 2011

W 71

71.  Charny asks:   A man at arms has made another his prisoner in proper warfare.  So they agree that the prisoner's ransom is to be paid at a certain time if the prisoner is able, and the prisoner remains near his master under by his faith without any other captivity.   So one day the master comes to the prisoner and swears on the holy gospels and similar things that if he does not pay his ransom at the term, when the term is past the master will cut off his head.   And about this time news comes to the prisoner that he will not be able to pay his ransom.  So he begs his master to lengthen the term and the master is not willing and swears as before.  What ought the prisoner do?  Is he able to go without evil reproach?  

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