This reminds me of the chanson of roland. The armies cry out the
agreed upon war cry to tell each other apart, as far as i can tell.
(they might also have had some livery, but with many armies grouping
together per side, you couldn't necessarily remmeber who had just
I wonder if somethign like that could work on a game field. You hear
a call of your team name behind you and throw there. Depends upon
some honesty from the team members, but might work.
On 8/28/05, Cannoneer <cannoneer@...> wrote:
> At 12:27 PM 8/26/2005, you wrote:
> >I find it hard to believe that it was a post period concept.
> >In the confusion of battle, with hundreds if not thousands
> >to a side, how did medieval armies determine who was the enemy
> >and not a conscript from the next village?
> >Without researching the subject, I believe the Templars, Hospitilars
> >and other Chivalric Orders wore matching tabbards.
> >The practice of keeping servants "In Livery" was common in the 16th
> >century. Jews were forced to wear identifying garments though out our
> >period. I also recall apprentice guilds wore "colors" and had
> >street brawls late period...
> >Why do we assume that uniforms were a foreign concept for team sport or
> >military use?
> >Ercole the curious
> Tabards were common, probably the most common 'uniform'- that is something
> marking you to a particular lord's service. These were more for permanent
> retainers or soldiers, though. For levies, or short term conscripts, field
> signs were common. A particular flower or bunch of leaves worn in the hat
> or pinned to the jerkin was common. The other most common was a length of
> cloth of a particular colour tied about the upper arm. There are also a
> number of instances where opposing armies chose the same field sign, then
> met on the field. Confusion for both sides.
> Roderic Hawkyns
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