• Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Commonly spelled as “Sergeant” today, in The Middle Ages, the title of “Serjeant” was a military title given to person assigned as an Attendant to a Knight in attendance to a King or Queen. They were at times “closer” than an Esquire. Serjeants accompanied their Lords into combat. They also conveyed direct commands fro the Knight to others (making his word – theirs!). This important relationship would develop the “Chain of Command” System used between Non-Commissioned Officers and Officers in most Worldwide Armies. Evolving into a strictly military definition in most instances, a Sergeant is considered the day to day functional “Leader” of a military Unit. The “Serjeant” is also used today as “The Sergeant at Arms”in most Government activities. His task is to enforce Government rules within gatherings and the protection of Officials present. This tradition developed out of The Crusades of England's Richard I. He created Serjeant Bodyguards (armed with Maces). This tradition of “The Mace” as a symbol of The Sergeant at Arms is still seen and used.