What is an Angevin officer

What is an Angevin officer?


Bertrand de Beauvau in armor;
Angers cathedral,
paintings of the tomb of
Louis II of Anjou, about 1440
(Bruno Rousseau
©Conservation du patrimoine,
Département de Maine-et-Loire).

We call an Angevin officer, any individual actually or nominally carrying on an activity of government (decision) or administration (execution) and occupying a determined function, characterized by a title and usually remunerated by wages or emoluments, or even leasing an office or a right, in the service or on behalf of a prince belonging to the Angevin dynasties who reigned on the following territories and during the following periods (dates in brackets indicate a nominal reign):





A great officer carries out his activity next to the sovereign of his lieutenant, in his court, his hôtel, his chapel. A local or peripheral officer is related to a district or a locality. A sedentary officer holds a stable office within an administrative structure, and has often a place of residence and an area of competence; his function is defined by statutes, customs or local agreements. An itinerant officer works on the basis of a letter of special commission stating his movement and the duration of his activity, which may or may not include a territorial competence and an area of jurisdiction.