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The Question Of Medieval Military Professionalism

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One of the topics this article addressed was the professionalism of the medieval army. Less is known about the Norman infantry, except it seems more and more likely, based on research at the same time and later, that they, too, were permanently employed as soldier. The only one of Trim's markers not so far commented on in the example of Hastings is the &t;formal pay system.&t; Without further discussion on the obvious modern concept of this point, with wages alone considered military economic compensation, those who fought for William the Conqueror and survived the battle were recompensed very well indeed according to the Domesday Book. Without a more complete discussion of the roles of these soldiers in medieval warfare, or an analysis of different types of military engagements, the argument in favor of medieval military professionalism cannot be conclusive. So it is but an introduction to the subject.

Keywords: medieval military professionalism; Norman infantry; soldier; William



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