The Household Knights of King John

The Household Knights of King John

by S. D. Church
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Cambridge University Press

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The Household Knights of King John

If the medieval king was the helmsman of the ship of state, the royal household was the ship's engine. It comprised men from most ranks of society, from the great magnates of the realm to simple servants who looked after the day-to-day needs of the king and his court. This is the first full-length study of the most important group of the court household, the king's knights: socially élite, militarily preeminent, and indispensable for the workings of English medieval government.

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ISBN-13: 9780521553193
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/22/1999
Series: Studies in Medieval Life and Thought
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)
Lexile: 1850L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Recruitment into the royal military household; 3. Monarchy in action: the functions of the king's household knights; 4. The rewards of royal service; 5. Loyalty, civil war, and the household knights; 6. John's household knights during the minority of Henry III; 7. Some case histories; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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