Did You Know?
In the 15th century, there were two types of soldiers: Men- at- arms and Archers. Their wages determined by social status and documents show from the English side that the men- at-arms were from the upper class. Duke paid 13s 4d per day, Earl paid 6s 8d per day, Baron 4s per day, Knight Bachelor 2s, Ordinary men 1s or 12d. For every one man- at- arms there were three archers. The archers were of lower status, described in the muster rolls as ‘yeoman’, valets in French and valette in Latin. Their pay was 6d per day.