Re: Consequence when breaking the caste taboo's in rokari society

From: Nick Eden <nick_at_W1-aeKgqBEUIH_fPeXw5rLLyNI3JSrxmnZgKYy6gZrjS31LE4KL4cFg7wHs6GNNx0Yxd2sQ>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 23:51:22 +0000

On Wed, 09 Jan 2008 13:28:01 GMT, you wrote:

>In message <> Grimmund writes:

>>2. What would loyal peasant levies be armed with?
>>spears, because they are cheap and easy to make.
>I'm not convinced about this. The spearmen gradually disappears
>from most of europe as the feudal system becomes fully established.
>Where they remained (e.g. Scotland and Switzerland) they are drawn
>from the ranks of freeman not serfs. I'm doubtful that peasant levies
>were expected to fight. They were more there as labourers for seiges
>and making camp.

Surely what really happened was the spear evolved a bit and became the pike. Which was one of the dominant infantry weapons up to the middle, if not the end of the 17th century - well after the development of gunpowder.            

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