Array, Commission of

Raising a large fighting force presented problems during the 13c and 14c. The procedure adopted was the Commission of Array. Commissioners were sent out by the crown to assess all men between 16 and 60 years of age in every township and *hundred in every shire. The best were selected and would be paid by the king; equipment had to be paid for by the recruit's home hundred. Commissioners were usually experienced soldiers themselves, and well able to select suitable men. Simultaneously, there were proclamations asking men to join up. For some there were pardons for criminal offences. However, the pay was assured; and if the troops were to serve abroad, they were paid from the day they left their home county. France was particularly popular, as it offered plenty of opportunity for plunder and looting, esp. during the *chevauchees.

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  • Commission of array — Commission Com*mis sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.] 1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. [1913 Webster] Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. South. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commission — Com*mis sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.] 1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. [1913 Webster] Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. South. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commission merchant — Commission Com*mis sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.] 1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. [1913 Webster] Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. South. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commission of bankruptcy — Commission Com*mis sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.] 1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. [1913 Webster] Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. South. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commission of lunacy — Commission Com*mis sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.] 1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. [1913 Webster] Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. South. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commission of the peace — Commission Com*mis sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.] 1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. [1913 Webster] Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. South. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commission officer — Commission Com*mis sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.] 1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. [1913 Webster] Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. South. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commission of array — Array Ar*ray , n. [OE. arai, arrai, OF. arrai, arrei, arroi, order, arrangement, dress, F. arroi; a (L. ad) + OF. rai, rei, roi, order, arrangement, fr. G. or Scand.; cf. Goth. raidjan, garaidjan, to arrange, MHG. gereiten, Icel. rei[eth]i… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Array — Ar*ray , n. [OE. arai, arrai, OF. arrai, arrei, arroi, order, arrangement, dress, F. arroi; a (L. ad) + OF. rai, rei, roi, order, arrangement, fr. G. or Scand.; cf. Goth. raidjan, garaidjan, to arrange, MHG. gereiten, Icel. rei[eth]i rigging,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commission of Array — A Commission of Array was a commission given by English royalty to officers or gentry in a given territory to muster and array the inhabitants and to see them in a condition for war, or to put soldiers of a country in a condition for military… …   Wikipedia

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