This blog is intended to host discussion on knight's fees with their associated manors, as they were in medieval England, and of course the people who inhabited them.


And that may bring forward the manors and/or knight's fee of Watford and those who held them as examples.


The first post, 'The Manors of a Knight's Fee', introduces the fundamentals of landed estates, or manors, and the knight's fees that went with them.  Subsequent posts discuss the subject more widely.

June 10, 2018

One source of funds for the king’s treasury in the Middle Ages was a fee or tax on landholdings across the nation.  Most often this was levied as an amount per knight’s fee, for example two marks or twenty shillings per knight’s fee.  However, the quantum of land repre...

June 4, 2018

Or perhaps both? 

Who was John de Swynford?

John was the son of William de Swynford of Newbold in Northamptonshire and should not be confused with another of the same name.  Our John de Swynford makes several appearances in medieval England during the time of Edward III...

June 3, 2018

The gift of a new book came to me recently.  A great demonstration that so many events in The Watford Knight’s Fee directly reflect England’s history.

This was The Black Prince, by Michael Jones, published 2018.  Sub title: England’s Greatest Medieval Warrior.  One of t...

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