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LICHFIELD BOWER AND COURT OF ARRAYE, MAY BOWER QUEEN GUILDHALL STAFFORDSHIRE ENGLAND (13 images)

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A Court of Arraye (or View of Men at Arms) was a method of ascertaining numbers of men capable of fighting in towns and cities before England had a standing army.
A statute of Henry II of England (1134-1159) ordered that all men capable of bearing arms should be inspected by the magistrates of each major town and city of England. Since there was no standing army, this was a way to find out how many men could...
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