A Yeman hadde he and servántz namo
At that tyme, for hym liste ride soo;

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius


(= he had a Yeoman, and no more servants / At the time, for he chose to ride in this way)

This modest retinue (the smallest possible retinue for a knight, one squire and one servant) adds to the Knight’s image as extremely modest and unshowy.The Yeoman is a free servant, one rank below the squire. This one is a forester and gamekeeper, charged with guarding his lord’s game.

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