Yeah sure, let's all gang up on me
France hired Genoese mercenanies, but those mercenaries were just a small percent of the main army, this was really a war whose king is stronger, the French or the English, so yeah, the French cared about this war, and with Jean d'Arc talking about "the nation of France", the French fought not only for their king, but also for their homeland, the first signs of French nationalism (I know, as someone who studies history this is not the right word to use
They honoured combat at some degree, for ecample, if a knight has been defeated by another one, the defeated one will surrender himself en let him be taken prisoner by the winner, eventually the knight who lost will still be treated as a nobleman by his former enemy. Chances are that they even become friends, this will last untill the ransom has been paid by the king of the loser knight. All that is what I mean with honoured fighting, and ofcourse this is only for knights, not the normal soldiers who will just get slaughtered like pigs if the enemy gets the chance
Feudalism in France ended in the 12th century, France was also the last in Europe where it ended. King Philip the second ended it, that's what I remember from my lessons in college.
France had the strongest knights, but the English kicked the French asses because:
1. The English used great tactics with especially their longbowmen.
2. Many French noblemen fought on the side of the English king, since he also had ties within the French royal family.
Alright, that was my reply to Nertea, now Lauri
a) If there wasn't a "Dwarven army" then what do you want to call an ARMY of thousand Dwarves of Erebor? Btw, I meant Dwarven armies before, there are different kingdoms ofcourse, so my bad
b) True, but there are many things that were not recorded in Tolkiens books, for example, there is still a debate if Balrogs had wings, but we still interpretent them to have wings or not. I do not deny that Dwarves used bows, but I just want to base the Dwarves on historical stuff, in this case the medieval French
Btw, Horse Rider, don't listen to me, I'm not trying to convince you to use crossbows for Dwarves, I just made a statement before and I want to defend that
Edited by Fredius, 01 February 2013 - 10:47 AM.