Jurati ad arma
- Lit. 'sworn to arms'. Armed townsmen. Although in social terms the jurati ranked below the ordinary foot-soldier, they were not much use in battle, being best suited for guarding the coast and keeping watch for hostile shipping. Anything more military than police work, e.g. supporting bailiffs, or as part of a *hue and cry, was beyond their skills. -Cf. Jurat
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Hue and cry — The general call to chase a miscreant; also the pursuit itself. Raising a hue and cry was usually done to alert people in the immediate area to a recent crime; public support in the pursuit and arrest of the criminal was obligatory. Pursuit could … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases
Jurat — Lit. a sworn man . Someone sworn to do something, i.e. carry out a duty on oath; someone sworn to give information at a court. The term was also used of the *burgess in English towns who swore to advise faithfully. In Sark, a jurat was one of the … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases