- 27/12/2019 at 10:12 #128596
If you have ever wondered how to recruit a modern army from a dispersed rural population I can tell you how it was done in Ireland in the 1590s.
Here’s a link if you are interested.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/27/12/2019 at 13:00 #128599RhodericParticipant
Very illuminating! I find your blog posts enjoyable as episodic immersions in the nitty-gritty of military history, which is otherwise a very irregular diversion for me. A bigger picture of the military, societal and political reality of your chosen place and time is forming in my head, and I can draw an oblique (but nevertheless useful) kind of inspiration from it for my own hobby endeavours. Thanks for taking the effort of composing and writing these things.27/12/2019 at 20:17 #128609
Thanks for the kind words Rhoderic. You seem to be getting just what I hoped readers would get when I set out to write the series. That’s very gratifying for me.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/28/12/2019 at 17:14 #128625Thorsten FrankParticipant
Oh my gods, I did read recruitment in the 1950´ s first and then I started to wonder why the post talked about lords and peasants. I need new glasses….
Besides my “little” mishap very intersting. That´´ s very different from the other areas I know of at this time especially various parts of the HRE).
"In strange grammar this one writes" - Master Yoda28/12/2019 at 17:28 #128626
Yes, it is. The innovation in military technology and tactics seems to have gone hand in hand with a social innovation.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/30/12/2019 at 15:33 #128669Darkest Star GamesParticipant
Very interesting that they could contract to 2 different Lords. I wonder what would happen in the case of conflict between the 2 (outside of the NIA)? Would loyalty/military service revert to the Lord that gave land perhaps?
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."30/12/2019 at 18:26 #128674
The choice would lie with the client. Factors would be:
Which lord had the deepest links with the client’s kin group.
Which lord was likely to be most use to them in the future.
Which lord they liked best.
The first was the most important.
All of the clients owned a share of kin group land to begin with and could bargain with a range of lords for access to more. If a member of the kin group died childless his land share was reallocated within the kin. That meant that an extra land contract didn’t necessarily trump an extra livestock contract.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/31/12/2019 at 15:07 #128714Darkest Star GamesParticipant
The choice would lie with the client.
Thanks! I could picture some lords getting pretty upset about not being able to put up a fighting force they thought they could based on these factors. Could make for some interesting politicking and shenanigans.
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."01/01/2020 at 10:15 #128738
It got really interesting at the top of the tree when there was a struggle for leadership of a territory. Each candidate had to possess rigdharma ( meaning that their father or grandfather had to have had the position) each had key groups of supporting clans who wanted them to succeed. It began with negotiation, moved on to to intimidation or assassination and if that failed to open war. Sometimes candidates sought outside aid but that could easily backfire.
Sometime this year I’ll do a post on the Irish political/military year as it has great campaign potential.
On that note have a happy and prosperous New Year.
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