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edit: a correction about Frederick: he retreated to his ancestral lands in the east to guard the border versus the Hungarians and the Ottomans, not just the ottomans. also he stayed in Vienna and Graz while our animation moves him to the Ottoman border.
"The mercenary captains are either capable men or they are not; if they are, you cannot trust them, because they always aspire to their own greatness, either by oppressing you, who are their master, or others contrary to your intentions; but if the captain is not skillful, you are ruined in the usual way."
Finally a KZclip channel talked about mercenaries and their structure and a bit logistics.
"Charles the Bold died of the wounds suffered during the battle"
I just love the way the way the Landsknechts named things, even if I didn't hear you explain the meaning of doppelsöldner wich litterlally just means "guy who is payed double".
Fun fact: the term for common German soldiers in WW1 and WW2 was "Landser" which was allegedly derrived from "Landsknecht".
Side note: the flamberge wasn't actually a kind of sword, it actually referred to a specific DESIGN for sword blades. There are multiple different examples of zweihanders with this type of blade and multiple others with a different blade design.
Mercenaries = Medieval startup
This is a quality and well-documented video. I hope to see more videos of various mercenary companies throughout history. Great job!
You should do a video on the Scottish ‘mercenaries’ who fought in early modern europe - for such a small country they punched way above their weight and were renowned for their good performance. Check out Field Marshal Alexander Leslie, General James King, Sir Patrick Ruthven (all in Swedish service) and Philip Balfour, George Lauder and Hugh Mackay of Scourie (of Dutch) but also some got as far as Poland and Muscovy.
Oh and PS: the third explanation for the term 'Landsknecht' is 'Landes Knecht': which translated from German and Dutch means 'Land's Servant' (and Knecht is related to the Knight). This is comparable to the Scandanavian 'Huskarl'> Huiskerel, House Man
I gotta say man._.I have so much respect for your work. Its crazy how good your content has gotten, i can see the passion in your videos. Thank you for this in depth and visually very very very pleasing content.
A fascinating period, lovely uniforms and interesting history...Great vid, splendid and colorful animations as always...👍👍👍
This is a great channel!
In Swedish ”landsknekt” literally means a mercenary (knekt) of the land. We also have the word ”bergsknekt”, because we later used the knekts as workers in the mines in the mountains (berg). We also have words like landsfiskal (policeman in the land) and landskap (regions of the land (sweden).
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I always thought the Bad War referred to how opposed pike formations of Swiss and landsknechts would go full retard at each other, marching straight into the hedge of enemy pike, defying death and refusing to back down, suffering horrendous casualties on both sides. A kind of game of Chicken where both sides are disciplined enough to keep at it, being used to less disciplined enemies breaking, only that now they are not only facing an equally disciplined enemy, but one that is as motivated by enmity to not back down as they are.
You take some history , make 2d graphics, with photo backdrops on some , and put it all together and make it interesting and worth while to watch . your channel is an awesome teaching channel and this is one of the few times iv been very happy with what youtube likes to upchuck on my home page
I was under the impression that the term "bad war" was referring to the point in a clash of pikes where the formations broke down and degraded into a brutal melee, no? Though I don't doubt that when rival swiss and german regiments met in battle it would often turn particularly brutal