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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.


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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
page 11

1 0 ANNALS OF BOGEB DE HOVEDEX. A.D. 1181. the justices are to cause oath to be made by lawful knights, or by other free and lawful men of hundreds, visnets,18 and burghs, as may seem most expedient to them, that those who have the value in chattels to the amount above stated, shall provide, as they ought, a cuirass, helmet, lance, and shield, according to what has been mentioned above ; and that for the said purpose they will name all those of their hundreds, visnets, and boroughs, who have sixteen marks' value either in chattels or yearly rental ; and after that, the justices are to cause all of them to be registered, both jurors and the others, both who they are and what chattels or rental they have, and what arms each ought to provide, according to the value of the chattels or rental ; and after that, in their presence and in the hearing of them all, they are to cause this assize to be read as to keeping arms, and to cause them to make oath that they will provide Bitch arms according to the aforesaid value of the chattels or rental, and will hold the same at the service of our lord the king in conformity with the aforesaid assize, in obedience to the command of and in fealty to their lord, king Henry, son of the empress Matilda, and to his realm. And if it shall so happen that any one of those persons who ought to provide such arms shall not be in the county at the time when the justices shall be in that county, then the justices are to appoint a time for him to appear before them in another county. And if the said persons shall not come to them in any county through which they shall pass, and shall not be in those districts, then they are to name a time at Westminster, on the octave of Saint Michael, that each may then be there for the purpose of making oath, as he loves himself and all that belongs to him ; and orders are to be given to him before the feast oi Saint Hilary before-named, to provide arms according as he is bound to provide the same. And further, the justices are to cause proclamation to be made throughout all counties through which they shall pass, that those persons who shall not provide the said arms as herein commanded, the king will lay hands on their bodies, and will on no account take from them their lands or chattels. Also, no person is to be sworn as of the free and lawful men who has not sixteen marks or ten marks in chattels. Also, the justices are to give orders throughout all the counties through which they shall pass, that is <· Neighbourhoods ;" from the Norman " vesiné ;" probably, small communities not unlike the " frith-borgs" of the Anglo-Saxons.

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