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How did the medieval Europe fight nomads off?

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Answer #1 | 27/12 2013 17:12
I think you have your time periods or your geography mixed up. When Germanic invaders were coming into Europe, there were no metal clad knights And if you're talking about plate mail, the really heavy plate mail was *never* used for combat. It was used for jousting. Knightly imagery is a high middle ages thing. Germanic invaders are an early medieval thing. Also, the places with loot worth stealing had wooden walls around them. You don't have to chase the would-be looters. They have to fight through your defenses, at which point bows and quickness becomes far less of an issue.
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Answer #2 | 30/12 2013 08:36
The heavily armoured knights came to life at the end of the Middle Ages, long after the nomads had been relegated to a legend to frighten children. The 'heavily' armed warriors of early Middle Age were more like the warriors drawn on the Bayeux tapestry, wearing chain mails only. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9c/Odo_bayeux_tapestry.png As for the armoured knights they were heavy cavalry but did not make the bulk of the army. Instead you had bow and crossbowmen to put down a line of fire and infantry with lances and shields to wait for the enemy. So a nomad charge would be decimated as they did not have the back up (infantry and bowmen) that the other side had.
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Answer #3 | 27/12 2013 22:16
Because at the end of the day you still need boots on the ground. Just doing some drive-bys on your horse might create havoc out in the open, but you won't be conquering any cities that way.
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Answer #4 | 27/12 2013 16:24
If the nomadic tribes don't come to a fixed battle they can conquer nothing,they are just a nuisance like a plague of locusts. To hold any ground they eventually have to engage with the the less mobile troops.
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Answer #5 | 27/12 2013 16:44
Yes, nomads were mostly a nuisance and were no match for a knight on horseback. A knight on horseback with a broadsword is quite an efficient killing machine. Archers do not wear a lot of armor but have a shield and of course can kill from a long distance. The swing in the balance of power was the longbow that could piece armor. So, what is the cutting edge of military technology swings back and forth. Each weapon system has advantages and disadvantages. The question is whether the advantages can overcome the strengths and relative weaknesses of your opponent and their various weapons and defenses.
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