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The Soldier in Later Medieval England$
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Adrian R. Bell, Anne Curry, Andy King, and David Simpkin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680825.001.0001

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The Soldier in Later Medieval England

Adrian R. Bell

Anne Curry

Andy King

David Simpkin

Oxford University Press

We look at Chaucer’s knight and his retinue of squire and yeoman (archer). How do the descriptions in the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales help us understand the military service of the soldiers we identify in our databases? We discuss activities such as chevauchées, crusading, and other military activities. We describe the sources we use such as muster rolls, letters of protection, appointments of attorney, and the Court of Chivalry. We elaborate our methodology and record linkage

Keywords:   Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, retinue, Court of Chivalry, chevauchée, crusading, muster rolls, letters of protection, appointments of attorney, methodology, record linkage

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