Django Reinhardt

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comment How did cities operate in medieval times?
@SafaAlai That's what the tags say. The reason is that most fantasy takes place in a Europeanized fantasy world. Which isn't to say I'm not interested in how other parts of the world worked during the same time period, but that would be outside the scope of this question.
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comment How did cities operate in medieval times?
@coleopterist Thanks!
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accepted How did cities operate in medieval times?
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comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
Great answer, thanks!
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accepted Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
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comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
I'm sorry, but there's clearly something I'm not getting here. Firstly, harvesting crops takes a LONG time. Secondly, unless the invading horde came at precisely the right time, what they harvested wouldn't be of use.
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comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
@ReliableSource Not sure I follow you, RS. The field would be filled with crops, that's what they'd be burning.
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comment Was swastika really a popular symbol among Slavs and/or ancient Indo-Europeans?
It's weird when the question has more sources than the answer :-/
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comment Was swastika really a popular symbol among Slavs and/or ancient Indo-Europeans?
@Anixx The symbol was used by many cultures all over the globe before WWII. Are you asking if it was specifically part of Indo-European culture? Given that it was used sometimes merely as decoration, does it matter if it was actually part of their culture?
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comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
That sounds strange. Surely farming requires skill and knowledge? Also, wouldn't burning the crops put the entire town back by months, if not an entire year?
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comment How did cities operate in medieval times?
Wow, this is absolutely fascinating, thank you! How different the world used to be. It's funny because I'm sure Terry Jones wandered into a huge house and talked about how even the poorest person would have this. I wish I could find the documentary now so that you could help put it into context. Lots to think about, although I find it hard to believe that life would have been so bleak. Even in the slums of India, people look out for each other there. They may go hungry, but there's still humanity there.
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comment How did Medieval Armies survive the use of mail armor in the deserts of the Middle East?
The Crusaders were pretty poor, according to Terry Jones's documentaries. (A modern-day equivalent would have been marauding gangs of soccer hooligans.) So I wonder if many of them would have actually had armour?
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comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
Wow, they'd burn the fields on the farms?? That sounds nuts. Being a farmer in those days sounds pretty dangerous. Plus if you had no farms or farmers after an attack, you would have no food. Did they really do that?
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comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
@YannisRizos So does that mean that farming was a high-risk career in those days? Especially given that you would likely have to travel some distance to reach the walled town! It's not like they'd be ploughing fields near the town entrance, after all.