Hi, I am writing a novel set around 1495 to 1500.
If anyone can tell me what the most likely wealth for a baron or earl would be in this period.
I realise its variable and would depend on things like how many estates were owned and what they produced and offices held personally.
I am working the idea that they would have maybe 20-30 manors in various places and maybe a castle or two. Is this too many or two few for those kind of ranks?
I don't want my family to be exceptionally wealthy, like just have enough income to maintain themselves as people of their status should, but not be like super rich...
Is there any resources anywhere that show the income for one manor estate for a year for example which I could probably multiply 20-30 times to get a round about figure. The actual amount wont really known but I just want to a rough idea to be able to make comparisons.