Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Knights of the Realm

A troop of knights advances to the commands of their Lord.
Each man is equipped at his own expense and carries his families crest or coat of arms design to identify himself to friends and foes.

For the centuries of the Middle Ages after the fall or Rome, knights were the main fighting force of the Nobles and Monarchs of Europe.The equipment, warhorse and training of knights was extremely expensive and limited to those who could afford the cost. This meant that in most cases the amount of knights in an army was relatively small ( William the Conquer took over the entire Kingdom of England by using a force of less than 7000 knights.    The advent of cheap workable firearms would eventually destroy the power of these elite warriors.

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