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Basic Information

Historically speaking, in Renaissance England, a yeoman was a farmer who cultivated his own land; a kind of freeman involved in agricultural practice. This brought with it social status, and yeomen were "early admitted in England to political rights."[1]. Even earlier in history, a yeoman was a servant, attendant, or subordinate official in a noble household, as "Yeoman of the Chamber" or "Yeoman of the Guard." As far as can be defined in feudalism, a yeoman was generally a form of serjeant.

Arguably the most famous group of yeomen - and the group most often cited in that role - were the Anglo-Welsh bowmen that dominated the English army in the high middle ages.


Game and Story Use

  • This word can be used to refer to various kinds of farmers or crofters in your campaign setting, delineating social status and wealth, adding some flavour to the monotony of "farmer"
  • Expect a certain amount of tension in a traditional feudal village between the interest of the lord of the manor and those of any yeomen - the presence of significant free tenants who are not fully dependent on the lord nor beholden to the manor court might well complicate the power dynamic.
  • This word can also be used in conjunction with other positions, as "Yeoman of the Crown", to add flavour to political organizations
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