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What It Was Like To Be On The Front Lines Of A Medieval Battle

When called to battle during the Middle Ages in Europe, soldiers expected to be surrounded by unpleasant, if not downright unspeakable, sights. Much like medieval executioners, medieval soldiers witnessed blood, carnage, and death on an up-close-and-personal level. Accounts of the great medieval battles not only detail soldiers' lives and the conditions they faced, but also reveal the damage they inflicted on their enemies and noncombatants alike.

Weapons, tactics, and strategies mattered, of course, but so too did bravery, devotion to God, and fidelity to their lord. The facts of medieval warfare remain unique to the period, but reinforce the fundamentals of war in general. Back in the day, soldiers told themselves they fought for heaven's glory, but war was, is, and always will be hell.

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