Medieval Glossary


A troop of various types of soldiers that acted as a knight's personal retainers because the knight's villeins were required to pay him in goods or military service. Those that chose military service might become part of the knight's retinue.

Retinues could also take other forms, including the entourage that might follow a major lord or king.

Related term(s): Knight; Lord; Infantry; Archer
Category: Military - General
Added: 01.01.05
Last modified: 03.31.05
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 2.


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