How did a Medieval Battle End?
War was a constant threat during the medieval period.
Throughout history, people constantly fought over land, wealth, and pride, but at the end of each battle, there was a winner and a loser.
Have you ever wondered what happens after the battle was over?
What did they do with the dead bodies, the equipment, etc.
You fill find that it depended on the ethnicity or the culture of the people who won the battle.
For example, the ancient Greek armies would gather the equipment of their fallen enemies and make personal trophies out of them.
They then stacked dead bodies on top of each other to form a mountain of corpses.
A gruesome display, designed to be intimidating – and it worked.
Many of the troops from the opposing army died when they were fleeing the battlefield.
Most of the time, the defeated army lost a lot of its troops, but in some cases so did the victor.
When both armies lose most of their troops, but yet someone wins it’s called a Pyrrhic victory.
Steps of war in medieval times
- You turned an age where you can serve your lord.
- He summons you to battle and you join him.
- You are low equipped and you are sometimes used as a tactical dummy.
- Your banner is winning the battle and the enemy starts running.
- You chase as a natural command and you finish the rest of the enemy.
- After you have killed the running enemy, you would then have to occupy the territory.
- You take their camp and their resource.
- In the meantime, part of the army secures the surroundings; other men are given tasks around the field.
- You manage to find survivors from your army or your enemies.
- You could either kill them or make them prisoners depending on your position.
- After this, it was useful to scavenge the equipment, which was really useful.
- People could reuse the armor of their enemies and the weapons as well.
- People grabbed what they could find, while priests were on the field praying to the dead.
- Once this process ended and almost everything was secured, a negotiation would take place.
- Here the terms would be negotiated of what was going to happen next, including what is going to happen to the dead.
- The dead could be burned or buried, but in most cases, they were given a chance to be buried by their own.
- Medicine wasn’t well developed and people often died from wound infections.
- If the dead bodies were not accounted for, a disease was likely to arise.
This pretty much concludes the end of each medieval battle.