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SPANISH HERMANDAD MILITIAMAN, 15th CENTURY

An extract from Armies of the Middle Ages, volume 1
by Ian Heath


93.      SPANISH HERMANDAD MILITIAMAN, 15th CENTURY

The Hermandad supplied both cavalry and infantry, the latter being approximately half spear or pike men and half missile-men, largely crossbow-armed though about a fifth had firearms by c. 1490. This figure wears the uniform sported by many such militiamen, comprising a white hood and tunic, the latter with a red cross front and back, and red hose. On his feet he wears sandals, but boots might also be worn. The loading mechanism hanging from his belt is a 'goat's foot', which probably first appeared in the mid-14th century.



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