11/19/2017 (Sun) 21:47:29
>>12032>Most killings happened after the battles when one side broke and fled. Grossman writes about this too.
Where he got that info? It would be interesting to view the statistics about casualties in Medieval age for example, although it doesn't exist in proper form I guess.>Also I think nobles in the described situation you quote were more of a killers through their commands they gave.
Yes, it is true even for today. But saying that killer is the person who gives orders is rather idealistic view.>For example in England during the Wars of Roses parts of the troops still came from the feudal levy (maybe even they got some moniez)
I think that feudal levy can be counted as "semi-professionals", not as "hapless serfs" as he wrote. Although serfs who don't really want to be in army surely existed, many people did it voluntarily (for money of course, and because they had nothing to do at home, especially when there were shortage of land). And in situation when required amount of recruits isn't that big, avoiding army wasn't impossible task.
Even first attempts of mass conscription wasn't really mass in modern sense.