Knights of the Realm
The Manorial Budget
Of all the value that a standard village and manor generate, only 10£ is accounted for in the economic system, and is known as the assized rent. Of this 10£, 3£ are used for expenses outside the household. 6£ are used for the normal standard of living of the knight and family (and thus also determines the glory gained for standard of living). 1£ remains as the discretionary fund for the knight to spend as he wishes.
Note: Both the standard as well as the amount of discretionary fund can be affected by the results of the winter phase.
Both the income from, and the maintenance for, any improvements, investments, and retinue directly impact the discretionary fund available to the knight.
Every household is unique, but they all structured similarly, by necessity. The following is an example budget for a standard 10 manor.
The ledger in each example shows the income sources of the household, and the different expense categories showing where the income goes. Note that the percentages do not change with the size of the estate, and can be used for a household of any size. The Discretionary Fund is for the Lord Knight to use as he pleases — hiring additional personnel, upgrading foot soldiers, building Improvements, or saving for a new charger are typical discretionary expenditures.
The first column for most entries lists the people that work in each part of a household. The title or job is given. Household officers and supervisors have their underlings immediately below them and indented. Knight officers are kept in the Army table, even though the Constable would ultimately be responsible for everything pertaining to the household’s horses, and thus be supervising the Farrier, the Stabler, and all the Grooms.
Wife entries suggest a usual match. No one marries without permission. These are only typical examples of likely married couples, useful as guidelines only. Every Pantler or Farrier in your campaign need not have a wife! Common children are not accounted. They are supported by their parents.
This column records how much of the budget is allocated to each person. This is not a cash payment, but a part of the total income of the holding which goes to each person’s upkeep, mostly food and clothing. The people of equal status are all seated together during meals so that they receive only the standard of fare they deserve.
Personnel who normally have horses have the expenses for their steeds included in their Cost. In the case of the Army, knight officers’ and foot soldier officers’ pay bonus comes out of the Court Expense, and additional Squires are paid from Discretionary Fund.
Standard of Living
The first librum is used for the children’s basic upkeep, and the rest of the Family Expense goes to increasing the Knight’s and his Family’s standard of living. This is explicitly calculated in the examples, and the Grade of Maintenance is determined from the total spent on Standard of Living. Remember that the first squire is part of the Knight’s standard of living.