Phil the Grips wrote:Leofgar of Hereford liked a bit of a rammy too.
If I rememebr it rightly the key is "public war"- it's OK if it's defence of the nation, not if it is just going about smashing heads for private gain or personal vengeance.
Youll also note these are all examples of seriously high ranking and wealthy chaps- no lone monks swinging maces or halberds while singing hymns a la Walter Scott.
Marcus Woodhouse wrote:Buckfast abbey sent a monk with a spear .....
Marcus Woodhouse wrote:Howayanboyleyerheadyergobshite, yer no maw da. I takes you all on, one atta tim or altaegether makes nae differ tae me.
Tod wrote:If some one gets that level of kit I'll buy them a drink.
behanner wrote:For much of the 15th century their were potential arrays of Clergy in England for defense of the realm there is an article about it during the early part of the century.
Someone else can check the sources but one of the men in charge of part of the coastal watch against the Arrival campaign of Edward IV was a priest and I believe a friar was used to shoot off a cannon while an army was slipping away in another battle of the WOR.