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How did medieval mercenaries share spoils?

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Topic: How did medieval mercenaries share spoils?
Posted By: Craze_b0i
Subject: How did medieval mercenaries share spoils?
Date Posted: 01 Jul 2013 at 03:49
This is something I am curious about. For example if a band of mercenaries plundered a town how would they share the plunder, how much would go to the captain and how much to the men?

I know in privateering on ships spoil was divided by thirds, but obviously land forces did not have the running cost of a ship to factor in, so how did this work on land?


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Posted By: Byzantine Emperor
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2013 at 17:10
I think the division of the spoils would be based upon, 1.) the agreement with the employer of the mercenaries, and 2.) the rank of the ones who captured it.

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Posted By: Omar al Hashim
Date Posted: 28 Jul 2013 at 10:26
I used to know this for Arab armies but it has skipped my mind right now!
I know if in a champions duel you won, you kept any loot from your defeated victim. Which on a few occasions meant poor foot soldiers were falling over themselves to fight the enemies wealthy champions



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