In the critical literature there is often a tacit assumption that the Yeoman of the General Prologue is “merely” a forester and mounted archer. This essay challenges that assumption by exploring a potential source of inspiration for the character: Richard II's archers of the crown. One of these archers, Thomas Forster of Drybek, serves as an exemplar for an exploration of the socioeconomic heterogeneity of the men who comprised this elite troop.

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