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Dec
3
comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
@DjangoReinhardt - medieval farming was more subsistence so a lot more varied than modern monolithic fields of wheat with two harvests a year. So there would be peas, beans vegetables as well as cattle pasture. Most of this is worth gathering at any time. But the important part is to deny any sort of food or fodder to the invaders.
Dec
3
comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
@DjangoReinhardt - you would harvest what crops you could and burn everything else - especially anything that could feed horses. A medieval army has 1000s of valuable horse requiring tons of fodder, if the knight can't feed his horse (his own valuable property) he isn't going to stay.
Dec
2
comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
Remember (before c1500)the person that owns the farm is the lord in the castle. The peasants working them are little more than slaves - you can always import new peasants after the attackers left.
Dec
2
answered Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
Nov
17
comment What other countries besides the US participated in keeping African slaves?
@luke see link in the comment - will edit the answer
Oct
4
comment Which arm was the shield held in?
@T.E.D. the spiral stairs in castles curled up clockwise so that right handed defenders (coming down) have an advantage over right handed attackers (going up). So a left handed attacker would have an advantage
Sep
27
comment Can Bill Clinton run for president of France?
@T.E.D. - But only one intern - I don't think that qualifies him to even be a local councilor in Italy
Sep
27
comment Can Bill Clinton run for president of France?
I think since he denied having an affair he probably fails some French presidential law on gross moral turpitude - or at least gross discourtesy to a women.
Sep
25
answered How did people acquire things in the pre-Roman Celtic world?
Sep
24
comment What surface area per person is required for hunter-gatherers?
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Sep
21
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Sep
18
comment Why is Spain's base timezone UTC+1?
Although Franco's Spain wasn't an official ally of Nazi Germany they were BFFs
Sep
15
comment Why are military uniforms often flared or poofy above the knee?
@Anixx - as a possible experiment - go into a bar in London, find someone with lively cheerful clothes like a football strip and tell them they look gay.
Aug
26
comment Why did Mozambique join the British Commonwealth?
Especially strange when you consider the huge political influence that Mozambique otherwise had on the world stage
Aug
22
comment In which situation is the broadside more preferable than every gun firing on their own time?
Probably safer and overall more efficent on a noisy chaotic gun deck with cannon recoiling and powder monkeys running around to have everything happening in sync
Aug
21
comment What was normal attire for Hindu kings in the 15th century?
Remember to a medieval european, 'almost naked' might just mean not arrayed in the same finery a C13 King or Pope would be! Perhaps a simple robe?
Aug
19
comment Why was Khomeini in France? Who allowed him to leave and why?
@choster politicians act in their own interest. If something appeals to the voters and party then you do it - if it happens to align with the nation's interests that's a bonus! Hadn't realised the shah looked doomed in advance, that would certainly be a good time to position elf to replace BP and the American oil companies in the new regime. A imagine lot of Elf executives were heading to Libya recently!
Aug
19
comment Why was Khomeini in France? Who allowed him to leave and why?
Was the French giving him asylum purely to annoy the UK/USA who backed the Shah, or did they have other reasons?
Aug
19
reviewed Approve Why was language not used to establish dominance throughout England 1066 AD–1360s CE?
Aug
19
answered Why was language not used to establish dominance throughout England 1066 AD–1360s CE?