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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.

In Christ, loyal emperor and autocrat of the Romans.

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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