Category: Thompson-14289 Knights of Edward I

Categories: Thompson-14289

Knights of Edward I, King of England

The number of Knights Fees in England around the middle of the 12th C. was approximately 5,000, of which 784 were held by the church. It shoudl be noted that there are Scottish nobility amongst these lists and they are no exclusive to "English" knights.

On 26 June 1278, Edward I, king of England, ordered the Sheriff of Gloucester to "distrain those of his bailiwick who have £20 p.a. in lands or a whole knight's fee worth £20 p.a. who hold in capite and ought to be knighted to receive Knighthood before Christmas and to cause the names of such men to be written in a roll by two Knights of the County and sent to the King" . This was the first Roll of Knights of Edward I.


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