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The Medieval Aristocratic Household



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 lord’s 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