Woodcock and Robinson, _The Oxford Guide to Heraldry_, ISBN 0-19-211658-4, p. 34: "In the early fifteenth century the Crown moved against self-assumed arms that did not date from time immemorial, and in writs of 1417 to the Sheriffs of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Sussex, and Dorset, Henry V ordered them to proclaim that no one should use arms on the forthcoming expedition to France unless entitled to them in right of his ancestors or by a grant from a competent authority. The writ commences by admitting that divers men had assumed unto themselves arms on previous expeditions, and forbade the use of arms except by right of ancestors or valid grant, and also 'exceptis illis qui nobiscum apud bellum de Agincourt arma portabant' a clause that has been variously interpreted, but which might perhaps be most reasonably considered to mean that those who self-assumed arms at Agincourt might keep them."
Wagner, _Heralds of England_ ISBN 0900455-41-1, p. 36: "A different view of these assumptions [i.e., from that of Upton who assumed that those who assumed arms had first, by their acts or virtues, ennobled themselves - jotl ] is conveyed by a letter, dated at Salisbury on the 2nd of June 1417, addressed by Henry V to the Sheriffs of Hampshire. Wiltshire, Sussex and Dorset. The King commands them that, whereas in recent expeditions abroad many persons had taken to themselves arms and tunics of arms called 'Cotearmures', when neither they nor their ancestors had used such in times past, proclamation was to be made that no man, of whatever station, rank or condition he might be, should take to himself arms or tunics of arms, unless he should possess the same by ancestral right or by the grant of some person having authority sufficient thereunto; that all, except those who had borne arms with the King at Agincourt, should on a certain day declare their arms and by whose grant they had them, to persons named for the purpose, on pain of exclusion f! rom the expedition then to start, loss of their wages and defacement of their said arms and tunics called 'Cotearmures'. This Agincourt exception is referred to in the King's speech before the battle in Shakespeare's 'Henry the Fifth'.
"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.
"The story is told in the contemporary chronicle of Juvenal des Ursins, who says that the King promised to ennoble all those of his company at Agincourt who were not already noble and, that their nobility might to known, gave them leave to wear the collar of his order powdered with letters S." [ _Histoire de Charles VI Roy de France, par Jean Juvenal des Ursins, Archeveque de Rheims: Nouvelle collection des memoires pour servir a l'histoire de France_, ed. Michaud et Poujoulat, 1850, tome 2, p. 521. ]
Henry V also created the Agincourt King of Arms in 1415 -- possibly to keep track of those claiming arms derived from those supposedly borne at Agincourt, but I'll need to research this further.
On Nov 7, 2011, at 3:05 PM, John Edgerton wrote:
Can you give me a source for that. I would like to add it to my files.
On Nov 7, 2011, at 2:59 PM, James of the Lake wrote:
I have yet to find an example for archers, but (along with the rest of the rank and file troops) archers were made armigers by Henry V after Agincourt.