Salisbury Army

THE EARL’S ARMY Given here is the usual distribution of the 50 knights and 100 footsoldiers of the earl’s personal armed force. Note several interesting features: • The earl’s entourage always has at least 12 knights, including the earl himself. • A patrol of knights roams randomly from area to area within the earl’s holdings, on patrol. • Almost any place is only minimally garrisoned if the resident knights depart, as they would certainly do if real trouble or opportunity occurred in the county. • Hard-riding knights can reach Sarum from any place within the county (Uffingham excepted) within 2 days: 1 day for messengers to go out, and another for the knights to ride in, assuming they are at home. Thus, within 2 days, presumably, most of the county’s knights can be mustered at Sarum. This is actually quite optimistic, but certainly within 4 days from sending out word, almost all the knights can reach Sarum.

TABLE 3–1: THE SALISBURY ARMY Place Min. Garrison* Standard Devizes 5 4 knights + 5 footmen Du Plain 5 4 knights + 20 footmen Ebble 5 8 knights + 20 footmen Sarum 34 16 knights + 55 footmen Tilshead 14 2 knights + 15 footmen Vagon 19 2 knights + 10 footmen Warminster 11 2 knights + 15 footmen Wilton 24 2 knights + 25 footmen Patrol 0 10 knights
  • Minimum garrison of footmen needed for normal defensive capa- bility.

Salisbury Army

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