Size of a medieval army

Oct 2011
109
Croatia
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Agreed. Interesting theme.

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Regarding topic, I believe that major limitation with medieval - and all premodern - armies was one of supply. They often lived off land, which meant that any single army (or detachment) was limited in size by the area of the land they could gather supplies from. That being said, Roman Empire had developed supply apparatus, and even there armies were generally in 20.000 - 40.000 range.
 
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Nov 2010
7,510
Cornwall
#34
Regarding topic, I believe that major limitation with medieval - and all premodern - armies was one of supply. They often lived off land, which meant that any single army (or detachment) was limited in size by the area of the land they could gather supplies from. That being said, Roman Empire had developed supply apparatus, and even there armies were generally in 20.000 - 40.000 range.
Supply and communications (good roads or lack of). The Romans had both in Iberia. Nobody after could really do it to any great degree and many Iberian battles of the medieval age were actually of relatively low numbers, however glorious the accounts
 
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