A high-ranking military official. During the earlier medieval period, the marshal was typically in charge of the cavalry, while in later times, the marshal was usually a leading commanding officer. In every county but England the constable outranked the marshal.
Related term(s): Cavalry; Constable; Knight; Lord
Category: Military - General
Last modified: 04.30.05
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 27.