Medieval History Term of the Week: Marshal

Marshal
[mahr-shuhl]
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French mareschal, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German marahscalc marshal, from marah horse + scalc servant

  • Household official in charge of the stables, later a royal officer. (Gies, Joseph and Francis. Life in a Medieval Castle, 230)
  • A high official in the household of a medieval king, prince, or noble originally having charge of the cavalry but later usually in command of the military forces; a person who arranges and directs the ceremonial aspects of a gathering

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