King’s Knights, Royal Influence and Local Administration in the Midlands, 1377-139

This research is a  study of 24 milites regis, or king’s knights, aiming to investigate royal retaining and its influence on local communities during the reign of Richard II.  Numbering around 150, between 1377 and 1399, the knights were often paid annuities at the exchequer, and were described as being retained for service to the king.  The selection of 24 knights has been made by limiting the study to eight midland counties stretching from Staffordshire to Lincolnshire.