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Aug
19
comment Where did Medieval Europe's gold come from?
Modern-day Slovakia was one of the Europe's most productive gold-mining areas. However, most of its gold was extracted.
Feb
11
comment How severe were the casualties in ancient/medieval battles?
Whether retreat path is blocked or not affects casualties after the end of real fight, when one side flees. My question focuses more on casualties before this moment.
Dec
16
comment Changing troops in first line during battle
@TomAu: thank you for the edit! It really helped :-)
Dec
16
comment Changing troops in first line during battle
Yes, this is exactly the referrence I read and didn't remember. Napoleon's era is much earlier than the times I'm interrested in, but the information that changing troops during battle was a stratagem specific for Roman maniple (and some other well-organized armies) and not commonly used through antiquity and middle ages is exactly what I was looking for.
Dec
15
comment How severe were the casualties in ancient/medieval battles?
I know there are exceptions from the rule I'm asking about. In a long battle of two armies with good morale determined to win or die, which seems to be the case of Battle of Flodden and many later battles, there could be great casualties without fleeing. Or if one army (or both) manages controlled retreat (most inconclusive battles, like Battle of Meggido between Egyptians and Hittites, 1285 BC), most casualties are in open combat, not while fleeing. What I want is anything that proves or denies the "small casualties before the battle is lost in most battles" pattern. I must agree with Felix.
Dec
15
comment How severe were the casualties in ancient/medieval battles?
@jbabey: thanks. Essence of my question is whether the statement in the wikipedia article is disputed or agreed with by most historians/ archaeologist/ history reenactors. Find a source or two and it's a perfect answer for me.
Dec
14
comment Why were the Merovingians so reviled?
What's the question exactly? Why they were deposed?
Dec
9
comment Changing troops in first line during battle
@FelixGoldberg: it's not what I'm referring to (I was referring to the Gallic War), but it's even better, because it's a case of fatigued/fresh troops management I didn't know about. I'm more interrested in switching fresh/fatigued soldiers within one unit (which is harder to do and less likely to be recorded), but this is good too.
Dec
9
comment Changing troops in first line during battle
@FelixGoldberg: that's my question - are there any sources? All I have is a long discussion thread in Czech, and perhaps I could find something similar in English (as far as I remember there was something like it on swordforum, but I didn't find it (I haven't been there for years, so either I misremember or it's buried under piles of other topics).