This chapter considers the military service of knights in the Hundred Years War; their commitment to warfare; how often they fought; how long careers in arms were; why they served; their variety of service (land expeditions, naval service, garrison service). What was their place in the military retinue? How militarized were they as a group? What proportion of the knightly class served in warfare? Did they serve continuously or occasionally? Can they be described as professional? We also question whether they became demilitarized during our period. Was military service linked to the knight’s position and were men knighted as a result of military service? We describe their function in English armies as men-at-arms, their leadership roles, and their recruitment role
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