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Yeomen

A mounted Yeomen with a spear, shield and bow

Yeomen are the elite peasant warriors of Bretonnia, acting as both leaders of Men-at-Arms companies and also as a branch of mounted light cavalry. Many knights are dismissive of their achievements, arguing that the term "elite peasant warrior" is nothing more than a oxymoron. However, whilst it is true that the nobility are far better equipped, the Yeomen are almost as skilled as a Knights Errant, and they take justified pride in their martial abilities. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of Yeomen are dedicated professionals because it is their dedication that has distinguished themselves from the mass of Men-at-Arms around them. Yeomen, in return, receive mounts and are used for scouting missions that are unsuited to knights, such as missions that give little glory but far more risk.[1a]

As they hold such privileged positions as head gaolers and militia Serjeants, to become a yeoman is the highest rank to which a peasant can aspire. It takes many years of dedicated service for a man-at-arms to be promoted into a Yeoman, and even then only an act of bravery on the battlefield will guarantee his ascension. Though no peasant may ride a Bretonnian Warhorse into battle, favored Yeomen are permitted to ride to battle on draught horses. Such troops will often scout ahead of the main army and keep the knights informed of enemy movements — a dangerous task, and one which earns no honour, so it is a task that the nobility believe is best performed by peasants.[2a]

All men-at-arms dream of one day becoming a yeoman, possibly because of the folk stories that tell of Yeomen being raised to knighthood after performing a great service or some brave deed to a Lord or liege. The real truth is that it is almost unheard of for a peasant to be elevated in this way, for the nobility have no wish to sully their ranks with low-born commoners.[2a]

Miniatures

  • 6th Edition.
  • 6th Edition. (Champion)
  • 6th Edition. (Musician)
  • 6th Edition. (Standard Bearer / Banner Bearer)

Source

  • 1: Knights of the Grail (Fantasy Roleplay)
    • 1a: pg. 101
  • 2: Warhammer Armies: Bretonnia (6th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 54

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