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Offline Paul

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #75 on: February 24, 2013, 04:12:48 PM »
I knew the truck didn´t want to hit me...it had dodge written on the front

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Offline Arlequín

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #76 on: February 24, 2013, 04:53:42 PM »
It was very common, for the typical medieval 'knight', death on the battlefield was far less likely than for the average soldier. It is believed that one of the factors which persuaded Henry V to fight at Agincourt, was that if he lost, the ransoms would bankrupt England... he'd already virtually emptied the coffers to finance the campaign in the first place.

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #77 on: February 24, 2013, 06:28:56 PM »
That the kniggits would be spared is known but it appears that nearly everyone had some sort of insurance in case they got caught.
I´ve got a picture now of the run of the mill battles being less hack and slash and a bit more "don´t damage the goods" or "don´t bash me head in..I´m worth at least 20 quid alive!!"  :)

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #78 on: February 24, 2013, 08:31:44 PM »
Medieval practice of Prisoner taking and ransoms, something to be consider in wargames rules?
We often do this in our games when a player thinks that a situation is desperate. It is not precisely described in our rules but it's an option, we do a simple morale test for it.

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #79 on: February 26, 2013, 08:47:11 PM »
That and the tourneys is how William Marshall made his fortune - there was a heck of a lot of this going on. Most knights were after one of two things - land or money.

Offline Arlequín

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #80 on: February 27, 2013, 01:14:25 PM »
Both I should imagine, they didn't tend to do things by halves..

Offline Paul

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #81 on: February 28, 2013, 07:23:21 PM »
Richard the Lionheart wasn´t killed by a poisoned arrow...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21609783

Offline Franz_Josef

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #82 on: February 28, 2013, 11:45:47 PM »
I had never heard that the arrow was poisoned - only that the wound had turned septicm

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #83 on: March 01, 2013, 01:50:01 AM »
I had never heard that the arrow was poisoned - only that the wound had turned septicm
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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #84 on: March 01, 2013, 04:25:16 PM »
Yeah same here.
It probably came from the belief that they (archers etc) used to smear the arrow/bolt heads in human excrement

Offline Arlequín

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #85 on: March 02, 2013, 08:40:58 AM »
Well the practice of sticking arrows in the ground for ease of use wouldn't have been much different, not withstanding that clothing fibres driven into the wound and lack of basic hygiene in general, could all contribute to making most projectiles a death sentence of one form or another. If that wasn't enough, having some surgeon's grubby hands and tools poking around wouldn't help either.

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #86 on: March 02, 2013, 01:51:55 PM »
Yeah same here.

I've come across it in secondary sources, but cannot recall ever seeing it in a primary account. Also it is a crossbow bolt that is cited, rather than an arrow, and was loosed from behind battlements.

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #87 on: March 07, 2013, 07:57:35 PM »

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Offline Hildred Castaigne

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #89 on: March 07, 2013, 08:57:40 PM »
500-year-old arrest warrant for Machiavelli discovered
http://www.bu.edu/today/2013/machiavelli-the-prince-still-relevant-after-all-these-years/
Eh? That has nought to do with an arrest warrant.
It is just some people talking about The Princelol