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Citing Medieval Law, Men of English Town Summoned to Longbow Practice

The vicar of Collingbourne Ducis, UK, discovered a law on the books that allowed her to summon the men of her village to archery practice. So she did:

Church warden Mike Cox said: "It seems she's still entitled to do that."

"I've been checking on the web and most archery experts and clergy seem to agree she is," Mr Cox added.

"Though a lot of the laws were repealed, that particular one still stands so she's entitled to call the men of the village, and presumably the women and children too, to archery practice.


Those who attended were rewarded with beer, barbeque, and live music to celebrate the completion of the church's new toilet.

Link via Ace of Spades HQ | Photo: BBC

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The actual law was to "bear arms", figuring that anyone who could rip the arm off a bear would be good to have on your side when the fight broke out.
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Erock, I'm sure they weren't required to bare their arms to keep the peace. Unless the sight of naked arms brings about peaceful feelings.
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That's awesome. Medieval English villagers were actually required by law to all bare arms to help keep the peace. This was something that was taken very seriously and you could be jailed for not having a sword or bow in your cottage. Look it up. I'm glad to hear someone called a longbow practice. That's a great law to have. And Mitch, you are correct sir. Bows, arrows and beer IS a winning combination! After all, if yo
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