- This Latin phrase refers to a squire who has become too old to qualify for knighthood, or who had forgone the expense of knighthood, but was allowed to carry a shield and lance.
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Arma Patrina — (Latin): Squires who had either grown too old to qualify for knighthood or who had forgone the expense of knighthood but who were allowed to carry a lance and shield even though these were generally restricted by the customs of war to the… … Medieval glossary