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posted 07-13-2005 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
How whould you go to get one of these? If you wanted to be an officer, you had to be a nobleman, right? And money could help, right? So about what age could you becone, say, a general? Or... Captain?

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posted 07-14-2005 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
Military ranks like these didn't exist in the middle ages...

posted 07-14-2005 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
Yes, but wasn't there something similar? I know there was in medieval Romania, not exactly ranks, but a bit of organizing... For example, there was the chief of the army, which was called spatar, which meant "he who carries the royal sword".
Even if there was no proper army, just the "keep in shape" state of afairs, in case some invadors happened to walk by.

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posted 07-15-2005 03:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
It's very interesting that this guy was called "spatar". I think this is just a variation of the latin word "spatarius" - a 'military' rank also known from merovingian France and the kingdom of the Visigoths in Spain (6th/7th century).
I'm not sure of such ranks were given to knights in the high middle ages. Titles like "Heerführer" (leader of the army) were in use, but in battle, every earl, count or knight lead the men that belonged to him.

posted 07-15-2005 08:03 AM           Edit/Delete Message
A private is a military soldier of the lowest military rank. The term dates from the Middle Ages where privates were known as "private soldiers" who were either hired, conscripted, or feudalized into service by a nobleman forming an army. The usage of private as a military rank dates from the 18th century, when the army of Napoleon Bonaparte first established the permanent rank of private.


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