War during the Middle Ages brought all kinds of individuals and groups to the battlefield. The greatest medieval warriors fought valiantly to defend their lords, to abide by a moral code, and to preserve their way of life.
A medieval soldier fought during fighting season. If on crusade, they often took the whole family with them on the campaign. Injuries, a paucity of supplies, and miscommunication could lead to casualties and, as the bloodshed unfolded around them, medieval warriors learned a lot about themselves.
Another way to glean insights into our own personalities, traits, and preferences is through astrology. Astrological signs can help you understand your path and help you reach your destination. In case that destination happens to be a medieval battlefield, here's the medieval soldier group that matches your zodiac.
Described as passionate and determined, Ariens do whatever it takes to win. They're competitive - almost to a fault - as well as confident and fiercely independent. As a Fire sign, Aries is full of heat and energy, always striving to be at the top but also remaining devoted and caring to individuals able to keep up.
The nomadic Huns - warriors that spread from Central Asia to wreak havoc on Europe during the fourth and fifth centuries - were, like Ariens, fierce, fast, and fiery. As the Huns pushed into Europe, they drove groups like the Visigoths into Roman territory, ultimately weakening the Roman Empire and contributing to its demise. Dominant on horseback and quick to evoke fear, the Huns were nothing if not determined. As they moved across Eastern Europe into Gaul before finally approaching Rome, the Huns only relented in their efforts after spreading themselves too thin - victims of their own success.
The best-known leader of the Huns, Attila, was called the "Scourge of God" by contemporaries. However, according to fifth-century diplomat and historian Priscus of Panium, he was also "temperate - his cup was of wood, while to the guests were given goblets of gold and silver. His dress, too, was quite simple, affecting only to be clean." Attila did, however, allegedly slaughter his own brother, Bleda, to assume sole leadership of the Huns in 443 AD.
A true Taurus values honesty and trustworthiness above everything. Loyal and stable, a Taurus can also be stubborn and stuck in their ways - qualities that can be viewed as persistence and stability in a different light. A Taurus also enjoys creature comforts, often overindulging in rich foods and fine linens. Much like the Bull that represents the sign, Taurus's strength and energy bodes well for members of the Knights Templar - an order dedicated to protecting pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land from the early 12th century forward.
Initially called the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, the Knights Templar began under the direction of Hugues de Payens in 1118. As the order gained approval and privileges from the papacy - namely tax exemption - they became a favored institution for money-holding and money-lending in Europe. Members of the Knights Templar took vows of chastity, obedience, and poverty, all well-suited for a Taurus to flourish.
As they served the pope and their mission faithfully, the Knights Templar amassed wealth and prestige, tempting a Taurus's predilection for finery. But Templar rules kept members in line and strictly enforced humility and moderation.
Well-represented in the zodiac by the Twins, Geminis truly have two sides and blend into their surroundings well when needed. With active minds and energetic spirits, Geminis are adventurous, if not restless - terms that could also be used to describe the notable Frankish king Charlemagne (d. 814).
The Franks were comprised of several groups, with the Merovingians asserting superiority during the fifth century. Charles Martel (d. 741) consolidated Frankish power during the eighth century by successful serving as a statesman and military leader, twin roles that allowed him to essentially rule from the Pyrenees mountains in the west through Germanic territories in the east of Europe. The dual nature of the Franks also manifests itself in Martel's son, Pippin the Short (d. 769), who asserted himself as Frankish king and protector of the Roman Church alike. Charlemagne showed himself to be a lover of both learning and physical activity, as well.
Born communicators, Geminis are great with people and are natural leaders. Charlemagne is known for his implementation of the missi dominici, or "envoys of the lord ruler," who were tasked with giving orders on behalf of the king of the Franks to subjects throughout his empire.
Cancers may put up defensive barriers on the outside due to their highly intuitive and observant nature. Cancers enjoy being alone or in small groups, resistant to outsiders but loyal to those they care about. Creative and emotionally intelligent, Cancers may be characterized as too sensitive, passive aggressive, or even enabling to others.
The Picts, generally regarded as multiple tribes from the northernmost part of the British Isles, wanted very much to be left to their own devices. It was out of a need to resist the Romans that the Picts formed a confederation, banding together to survive.
Outside of Roman interference, the Picts were relatively peaceful, dedicated to family, and artistic in nature. The term "Picts" may come from the Latin word picti, or painted, perhaps referring to the tattoos or body paint worn by the Scottish ancestors, although not all scholars agree on the origin of the term. The Picts are also known for carved stones, monuments, and crosses, full of pagan ideograms and, after the spread of Christianity from the fourth century forward, Christian ornamentation.