A knight who carried a banner, who possessed fiefs to a greater amount then the knight-bachelor, and who was obliged to serve in war with a greater number of attendants. He was created by the sovereign in person on the field of battle.
Also, military commanders who sometimes stood in for tenants-in-chief to lead Battles (an organizational division for armies) but who technically were not qualified to do so.
Related term(s): Knight; Fief; Knight-bachelor; Sovereign; Tenant-in-chief; Battle
Category: Knighthood and Chivalry
Last modified: 07.04.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 264; Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 20.