Some, like Emperor Rudolf II of Austria, had a genuine passion for the study of nature and drew to their courts a retinue of like-minded enthusiasts.
The scale and precise role of the retinue of officers and servants who travelled with a prince has not been established.
In royal households where a whole retinue of courtiers was employed, more and more varied dishes in total, and dishes of higher status, were offered to those of higher rank and standing in the household.
Classical texts suggest that feasts involving a chieftain and his retinue were held in a circle around a central hearth or fireplace, with the alcoholic beverage circulating either in a common cup or being served by retainers.
In the eleventh century the Norse kings probably had an immediate retinue of about ninety men, excluding menial servants and hangers on.
They received yearly subsidies that allowed them to entertain a large retinue of personal followers, called buccellarii after the superior type of bread they received compared to ordinary soldiers.
the rock star's retinue of security guards and personal cooks
I am travelling to the capital to meet with the King tomorrow, you will accompany my retinue and I will give you the details of the mission once we reach the capital city.
He dressed in silk kimonos, had a large retinue of servants and carried the signature daisho, or twin swords, of the Japanese ruling samurai class.
On his land, the Lord owned a hearth-hall, within which he housed his retinue of warriors.