Coming Armed to Parliament Act 1313

Coming Armed to Parliament Act 1313
Parliament of England

A Statute 30 die Octobris, Anno 7 EDWARD II. Stat. 1. and Anno Dom. 1279.

Coming Armed to Parliament Act 1313

To all Parliaments and Treatises every Man shall come without Force and Arms.[1]

Enforced by 2 Ed. 3. c. 3. 7 R. 2. c. 13. and 20 R. c. 1.

THE King[2] to the Justices of his Bench sendeth Greeting. Whereas of late before certain Persons deputed to treat upon sundry Debates had between us and certain great Men of our Realm, amongst other Things it was accorded, That in our next Parliament, after Provision shall be made by us, and the common Assent of the Prelates, Earls, and Barons, that in all Parliaments, Treaties, and other Assemblies, which should be made in the Realm of England for ever, that every Man shall come without all Force and Armour, well and peaceably, to the Honour of us, and the Peace of us and our Realm.

(2) And now in our next Parliament at Westminster, after the said Treatise, the Prelates, Earls, Barons, and the Commonalty of our Realm, there assembled to take Advice of this Business, have said, that to us it belongeth, and our Part is, through our Royal Seigniory, straitly to defend Force of Armour, and all other Force against our Peace, at all Times when it shall please us, and to punish them which shall do contrary, according to our Laws and Usages of our Realm;

(3) and hereunto they are bound to aid us as their Sovereign Lord at all Seasons, when Need shall be.

(4) We command you, that ye cause these Things to be read afore you in the said Bench, and there to be enrolled. Given at Westminster, the thirtieth Day of October.[3]

Note : this act is listed in the Chronological Table of Statutes as the Coming Armed to Parliament Act, 1313

  1. This is taken from the Secunda Pars Veterum Statutorum, and is in all the English Editions.
  2. Read Edward by the Grace of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, and Duke of Aquitain, to the Justices, &c.
  3. Add in the 7th Year of our Reign.

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