Arrière-ban, in French customs, is a general proclamation whereby the king summons to war all his vassals and their vassals. To the Provost of Paris belongs the convoking and commanding of the arrière-ban.[1]

In the Medieval usage, arrière-ban denoted a general levy, where all able-bodied males were summoned into arms.[1]

The arrière-ban was proclaimed throughout the Kingdom of France on April 30, 1337.[2]


  1. 1 2 "arrière-ban". The Free Dictionary. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  2. Sumption. The Hundred Years War. p. 184


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