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Militaristic observations (8)

Hans Delbruck measured knight’s equipment cost in times of Charlemagne as
 
Helmet                   =  6 cows
Coat of mail             = 12 cows
Sword and scabbard       =  7 cows
Leg grieves		 =  6 cows 
Lance and Shield         =  2 cows
Battle steed             = 12 cows

The equipment of a single warrior therefore had the value of 45 cows or, since 3 cows were considered the equivalent of a mare, 15 mares – the large domestic animals of a whole village.

In addition there was the supply of rations, the cart with its draft animal or a pack animal to carry the provisions, and the serving man to take care of the animal.

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