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The King'S "Foreign" Guard

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The creation of the Moorish guard was part of a general tendency among European monarchs to employ armed troops that were permanently available to them and solely dependent on their authority. In order to understand how the Moorish knights acted and were organised, it is therefore necessary to know a little about the dynamics of the army in the first half of the 15th century. The development of a royal or state army as such, i.e. one characterised by a certain stability and clearly differentiated from the mesnadas or armed companies of vassals, was a relatively late phenomenon and is usually related to the birth of the modern State in Europe. In the case of the Moorish guard, salaries were registered in two provisions books of the royal chamber, under the heading raciones moriscas.

Keywords: Europe; Moorish guard; royal army



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