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“These French Crossbowmen are more well equipped than most anchers. Their weapons have to he reloaded, but enemies will face a tremendous assault that makes the wait worth it!”


General Information[]

The French Crossbowmen is an Event Troop from Events, Chest, or Sales that can be used as Troop Tactics.

French Crossbowmen Army

Historical Description[]

Like the gunpowder weapons that would eventually supersede them both, crossbows were not necessarily more effective on the battlefield than longbows. The French discovered this at the Battle of Crécy when rain rendered their thousands of Genoese crossbow mercenaries useless. The English longbowmen, on the other hand, could rapidly unstring and restring their bows to protect them from the weather. Longbows could be fired much faster and, until the late Middle Ages, over a greater distance.

The crossbow did have some advantages as a weapon such as greater penetrating power. The French apparently also employed them from horseback. However, like guns, their biggest advantage was ease of use. Longbowmen required specialized training that started in early youth. On the other hand, anyone could quickly learn to use a crossbow. This horrified the upper classes, whose conception of the world order was founded in part on the superiority of well-bred knights. This led the Catholic Church to ban crossbows in wars between Christians. But they were too useful to pass up, so in practice the ban was simply ignored.

Statistics[]

Level Hitpoints Health icon DPS Damage DPS against Defenders Damage Training Cost Food Troops/Army TroopSpace
1
2 406 74 298 - 4
3 556 93 372 - 5
4 651 99 398 - 7
5
6
7
8
9
10 2,447 214 859 - 8
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