Friday, May 27, 2011

W 81

81. Charny asks: A man at arms takes another in a set battle and tells him, “Surrender,” and the other answers, “I won't because I am the prisoner of such and such,” and gives a name. And the one who seized him says, “Give me your faith that you are the prisoner of the one you name,” and he gives his faith that such is the case, and the other frees him. When evening comes that one [i.e. the captor] who knows that he was the prisoner of the other speaks to him [i.e. the first supposed captor] and this one, who knows nothing of it, nor has taken the prisoner, nor even seen him during the whole day, says he would like to claim him as his prisoner, and so he does it. And the prisoner says no and that he only did it to save himself. Many good arguments are given on one side or another. How will it be judged by the law of arms?

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