- "Thou shalt give unto thine glorious liege the taxes that he requires."
"Thou shalt labour all but feast days, and no more than a tenth-share shall you keep for kith and kin."
"Rejoice! For a knight of Bretonnia provides your shield."
- —Excerpt from the Peasant's Duty of Bretonnia.[2a]
While the Nobles rule and the Burghers trade, the peasants toil. They are farmers, labourers, herdsman and hunters. In times of war, many fight and die for the Empire and Bretonnia, with the latter often taking to the battlefield in large Mobs.[1a]
Some peasants seek a better life in one of the major cities of the Old World, but many find themselves simply joining the ranks of urban beggars on the verge of starvation. A way out from the toil and poverty of the peasantry is found in military service, joining the professional ranks of the armies as state troops, men-at-arms, or the Imperial Navy. [1a]
In so doing these peasants gain full time employment and a boost in status in exchange for the dangers of active service. The majority of the peasantry spend their whole lives in the village or town they were born in, surrounded by varying levels of hostile country and only occasionally getting news of the outside world.[1a]
While they are provincial and superstitious, the peasants are the beating heart of the Empire and Bretonnia.[1a]