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Jean Henri Chandler




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PostPosted: Sat 23 Jul, 2022 6:35 pm    Post subject: Crossbows in urban militias         Reply with quote

When a town goes to war, what kind of arms do they distribute to their citizens?

And what's more, how many citizens are there, at what levels of wealth?

Answers here for one mid-15th Century town.

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Pedro Paulo Gaião




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PostPosted: Sat 13 Aug, 2022 12:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi,

Sorry for the underappreciated post, but I liked a lot. If you want help with statistics (I'm a Engineer) you can use my help.

Something about your text: you mentioned most of the weapons distributed were crossbows, but how many weapons were not? Also, why the city only stock mail armor, considering that coats-of-plates would be way cheaper; in Portugal, they supplanted infantry armor already by the 14th century (our only surviving Regimento de Coudeis, which works like a Comission of Array, dated 1430/40, prescribes CoP for wealthier crossbowmen).

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