Medieval People: B

Bailiff
A bailiff collected rent for the lord and organised the peasants’ work. He was in charge of the repair of buildings and tools

Barber
As well as cutting people’s hair, a barber was also the dentist and surgeon

Billman
A foot soldier who carried a bill hook or axe

Bishop
A church leader. Frequently he was important in government as well as religious matters

Blacksmith
A metal worker who shoed horses and made/mended armour and arrows

Bowman
See Archer

Burgher
A town dweller who bought a charter to free himself from the control of the lord

Butler
A butler was responsible for buying supplies of food and drink and was in charge of the wine and beer cellars

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