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by Dave Key
Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Contracts -soldiers
Replies: 15
Views: 3431

Tod, Whether you would have your own Jack, Salet etc. would very much depend upon how successful a shoemaker or leatherworker. Unfortunately there is no real detail of exactly what 'earnings threshold' would equate to what piece of equipment, and it would vary from place to place and by time/inciden...
by Dave Key
Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:44 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Contracts -soldiers
Replies: 15
Views: 3431

Tod, Based on your initial comments that you were thinking along the lines of someone who was a guild member then really you are looking at Civic military obligation which is a distinct type in it's own right. Generally speaking civic obligations were derived through the town council,which acted as ...
by Dave Key
Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 8725

I have been following this with some interest. My understanding is that the men serving John paston at Caister were mercenaries in that they were serving out a short term contract to a man they had no alleigence to. This though may be no different then those who were indentured to serve king or lor...
by Dave Key
Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 12320

Well, I'm a little nervous of speaking, if you're the Dave Key I'm assuming you are, because your historic knowledge has proved to be very in depth and accademic in the past. Nevertheless, and not minding whether I appear an idiot or not..... (1) At Barnet, I'm sure I read a moon was mistaken for a...
by Dave Key
Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 8725

thanks Marcus :D
by Dave Key
Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 8725

I keep hearing about 'indentured men', but is this borne of fact or a confusion of the indentures held by nobles excercising a commission? And indenture is a contract, two or more way, do these documents at a lower level actaulyl exist? This might be a useful one for dave Key to cast his weather ey...
by Dave Key
Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 12320

Before getting into the subject of identification and uniformity of appearance I think it worth considering exactly how a C15th English force would be arrayed for battle. If we accept most of the Chronicles' descriptions, then the forces would be drawn up into 3 'battles'. Yes there were variations ...
by Dave Key
Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 12320

With regard to 'Yorkist' bends ... don't forget the reference I mentioned earlier to Edward buying Crimson wool for Towton specifically for bends and badges for his knights & esquires at the battle... which also possibly answers the question "were they worn?" Though I'm curious why the doubt about t...
by Dave Key
Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 12320

Oops that should have been 1000 Jackets not 100
by Dave Key
Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 12320

Bends For Bends there is actually a surprising amount once you start looking. If you want a discussion on the topic there is my article :wink: D. Key, 'whythe bendys above hyr harnys': An investigation into the 'Bend' as a part of Fifteenth Century Military Clothing', in Costume, The Journal of the ...