[Here we present selections from the digression concerning the king’s retinue and hirings.]
John Waterson, master of the king’s horse, brings sixty grooms, a surveyor and clerk of the stable, a clerk and twelve yeomen purveyors of oats, twelve smiths, nine saddlers and two men who are said to be the king’s guides at night. Some 233 horses are in the master’s care. [By the end of the campaign only 98 would remain. – ed.]
Twelve armorers led by one Albryght mayl maker have been given the care of the weapons and armor of the king’s household. Also Nicolas Brampton, a helmet maker, is in the king’s direct employ as well as six bow-makers and six fletchers.
John Conyn is the king’s sergeant of tents and pavilions and he has four painters and twenty-eight servants under him.
William Balne and his two under-clerks have command of the king’s kitchens and thus of three yeomen and a clerk of the king’s poultry, eight yeomen and a clerk of his bakehouse, three clerks of his spicery, a clerk of his table-linen, a clerk of his hall, a clerk and fifteen laborers for the scullery, and 156 yeomen and servants not directly assigned to any department. Further, the king takes his own carpenters and laborers of the hall and three pages of his chamber, who are known to act as messengers. His clerks of then marshalcy and of the wardrobe, two almoners, and the cofferer [treasurer -ed.] of the royal household will accompany him.
Our king Henry is a pious man and clearly has no intention of setting such aside on his expedition. Master Jean de Bordiu [a Gascon doctor of law and former chancellor of Acquitaine – ed.] and Master Edmund Lacy, dean of the king’s chapel, will accompany him as well as three clerks, fifteen chaplains [including the anonymous author of Gesta Henrici Quinti, an informative account of the campaign -ed.] and fourteen monks, these last having the vestments and altars in their care.
Our king is also fond of music and he takes eighteen minstrels with him. At least three are trumpeters and three pipers and one a fiddler though I know not what the others might play. I expect there will be at least one nakerer [drummer -ed.] and several who play such things as the wooden instruments called shawms and crumhorns. As is natural at court some of these monsters may not be musicians at albeit tale-tellers, acrobats, dancers, or even fools. They are to be paid as men-at-arms [12 pence a day -ed.] so I must suppose that they are very good at their arts. music. I expect I will come to learn of their worth of the musicians at the least for I am told that such often play to accompany a marching army.
Lancaster and Leicester kings of arms as well as the kings of arms for Ireland and Guyenne [Acquitaine – ed.] have been summoned to go with the king on his adventure. Richard Bruges, Lancaster king of arms, is reported to be sick and unable to travel. It is expected that another Richard, the Hereford marshal of arms. Such noble men are but the greatest of the many heralds that will go with us.
The king takes his personal physician, Master Nicolas Colnet, and his personal surgeon, Thomas Morstede, as well as twenty-three surgeons. Another surgeon of note attending upon this adventure is John Bradmore, who healed our king from a grievous arrow wound to the face that he received while valiantly fighting at the battle of Shrewsbury some twelve years past. I have heard it said that he will receive the same wages as Master Colnet. He clearly remains in favor with the king for he has asked to take twelve men of his profession and of his own choosing as well as three archers and the king has granted this request along with another to take one cart and two horses to carry all the things necessary for his office. William Bradwardyn, another r esteem surgeon will go as well, accompanied by nine of his fellow surgeons.
The king has retained twenty-one master gunners, many foreigners, and at the rate of 20 pence a day. They are well paid indeed. Each has two servants of guns whose wages are similarly high. The king’s own gunner, Gerard Sprunk, has only 10 pounds from which he must also pay four archers. The has king also retained a further five gunners at the same rates as a man-at-arms. [12 pence a day -ed.] They, too, have servants of the guns to the number of two each.
The king has commanded that the mayor and municipal magistrates of Bordeaux send two of their best engines with a suitable and capable master and carpenter to operate them. Belfries are to be loaded onto the ships as well. For all these engines and the maintenance of the carts and wagons, the king has retained 124 carpenters, twenty-five cordwainers, six wheelwrights and 120 laborers.