the totality of those associated with a lord.
non-territorial connections based on the personality, standing, and ability of the person at the center.
| The household was the core of a lords military strength. In general, the aristocrats provided the "middle managers" and "company commanders" while the tenants provided the "rank and file." A medieval household can be broken down into several general categories:
- The Household proper
- Officers and counselors
- Extraordinary retainers
- Liveried retainers
- Servants and well-wishers