What It Was Like to Be A Medieval Soldier

When called to battle during the Middle Ages in Europe, soldiers expected to be surrounded by unpleasant, if not downright unspeakable, sights. Much like medieval executioners, medieval soldiers witnessed blood, carnage, and death on an up-close-and-personal level. Accounts of the great medieval battles not only detail soldiers’ lives and the conditions they faced, but also reveal the damage they inflicted on their enemies and noncombatants alike.

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  1. War horses were not freaking ponies!!! The smaller horse remains they have found were likely pack animals and or food stock animals, yes they ate horse 🐴. War horses were bigger than an American quarterhorse but smaller than a Clydesdale or Percheron.

  2. Historical doc of general pep speech : "Men! Let us go fight this battle with power and dignity!"

    Medieval reality general pep speech : "Uuuuuhhhh…So like, I guess just try to not die, yeah? Cool cool….'kay let's go."

  3. You got to travel about Europe in the best part of the year with thousands of your closest friends, and you got to level up your looting skill! What's not to like?

  4. Henry didn't just kill his POWs for the sake of killing them. The English were under attack and couldn't risk the French picking up arms again. They were just too much of a liability.

  5. Still marks in the groundworks around Kenilworth Castle to this day from the siege, and the siege took 6 months because they had to try and deal with the moat (8ft deep and about 10ft wide) which is now dried up

  6. Medieval Subject Suggestions:
    Female soldiers.
    The Crusades from the perspective of the Muslims.
    How fashioned changed during this period.
    What was going on in the rest of the world?

  7. the samples were taken from random excavations and an average medieval war-horse had a shoulder height of a bit over 5 feet…that's more like a smaller horse….and people, even well feed nobles, were a few inches smaller too

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  9. The most advanced ancient royal elite super superior dominate civilized nations. Made sure all their loyal subjects were able to live and die to the highest standards of quality that were available during that time and they can do this without anyone overstepping their boundaries. Because the end result of such a lifestyle. Is constant consisting physical, mental, financial and spiritual progress occurring within each and every moment of life. That Level of care to oneself and others results in a truly positive force that is self perpetuating continuously. S.R.F.

  10. Simple concept basic logic if life is not free why the hell would death be any cheaper it's not. So the question one may wonder is the spiritual cost to one's own soul and spirit for having lived and died to the lowest standards of quality for so many years now global pollution has diminished the quality of life to the point where today's people are living, dying and yielding the worst spiritual kickback that has ever been manifested since the beginning of life only getting worse. The polar opposite extreme to that is today's people should be living and dying to the highest standards of quality which would make each and every moment physically, mentally, financially and spiritually beneficial. S.R.F.

  11. To be a medieval soldier was typically to be given the task of defending some absolute ruler of varying qualities, and if soldiers survived battle injuries, disease, or exposure, they would oftentimes get the opportunity to supplement whatever they were paid by robbing civilians, and sometimes raping them.

  12. The part about tiny horses is wrong. The recent claim from historians is based on haltless assumptions! While there were smaller horses for archers, transportation of goods, carrying smaller wagons warhorses were NOT as small as ponies! It is far more likely that there were other uses for deceased warhorse and just did't remain as often on the actual battlefield. The studies claiming warhorses were conducted on a laughable small and local used samplesize. BS!

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