The notion of service was ingrained in medieval culture, and not just as a part of the wider concept of patronage: it is prominent throughout the language and life of the time. These studies examine the nature and importance of service in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in a variety of contexts both within and beyond the dominions of the English crown, including contracts between domestic servants and employers, labour legislation, career opportunities for graduates, the public service ethos embodied by the king's household retinue and a scheme for its reform, public service in France, ducal service in Brittany, and bastard feudalism in Scotland.ANNE CURRY is Professor of History, University of Southampton; ELIZABETH MATTHEW is honorary research fellow at the Department of History, University of Reading.Contributors: JEREMY GOLDBERG, CHRISTOPHER GIVEN-WILSON, MICHAEL JONES, ALEXANDER GRANT, VIRGINIA DAVIS, JEREMY I. CATTO, D.A.L. MORGAN, KATHELEEN DALY, RALPH A. GRIFFITHS.
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Professor of History and Dean of Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton
Table of Contents
What was a servant? - P J P GoldbergService, serfdom and English labour legislation, 1350-1500 -The material rewards of service in late medieval Brittany: ducal servants and their residences - Alan JamesService and tenure in late medieval Scotland, 1314-1475 - Alexander GrantPreparation for service in the late medieval church - Virginia DavisMasters, patrons and careers of graduates in fifteenth-century England - Jeremy CattoThe household retinue of Henry V and the ethos of English public life - D A L MorganPrivate vice, public service? Civil Service and chose publique in fifteenth-century France - Kathleen DalyFfor the myght off the lande, aftir the myght off the grete lordes thereoff, stondith most in the kynges officers: the English crown, provinces and dominions in the fifteenth century English crown, provinces and dominions in the fifteen - Ralph A Griffiths