Medieval Glossary

Shire Levy

An ancient right of English kings to call upon all able-bodied men in the country to serve as infantry in times of emergency. This would the forces of shires under the command of sheriffs.

Related term(s): Infantry; Sheriff; Melee; Lord
Category: Military - General
Added: 12.31.04
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 3.


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