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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 Knights

The Knights

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(p.54) 2 The Knights
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The Soldier in Later Medieval England
Author(s):

Adrian R. Bell

Anne Curry

Andy King

David Simpkin

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680825.003.0003

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

Keywords:   knights, military service, demilitarize, warfare, Hundred Years War, military retinue, land expedition, naval service, garrison service

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