The Lord High Constable and the Earl Marshal are two great officers of state whose duties in the Middle Ages were largely connected with the army in the field1. From about 1348 onwards they jointly held a court, known as the High Court of Chivalry or Curia Militaris, in which offences committed out of the realm and matters relating to arms not triable under the common law were tried2. Since the beginning of the sixteenth century appointments to the office of Lord High Constable have been made only on special occasions, mostly coronations3, but the Court of Chivalry has
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