Hey, it’s _almost_ heraldry! You know - Henry V, Agincourt, "For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile this day shall gentle his condition..."and Henry’s famous writ of June 2, 1417, calling for "the defacing and breaking of such [assumed, not inherited or granted] arms and 'cotearmures' at the time of the muster if displayed or found upon him, except the men who with the king bore arms at the battle of Agincourt
..." (emphasis added).
To quote from the story:
The detailed service records of 250,000 medieval soldiers - including
archers who served with Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt - have gone online.
The database of those who fought in the Hundred Years War reveals
salaries, sickness records and who was knighted.
The full story can be found at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8160081.stm
And the database can be found on-line at: http://www.icmacentre.ac.uk/soldier/database/
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