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I practice early medieval (Viking) style semi-contact as a hobby. With blunt steel weapons not with some LARP toys. I can tell you how we deal with an enemy with a shield and then some historical methods I know. Now our fights are not entirely realistic, they do not devolve into fierce unarmed struggles, at the end, where we attempt to scratch out eyes and ...


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Farmer, farmer, and farmer Assuming it is independent and not a satellite settlement (a satellite community is far far more likely) there is only one job, farmer. there is not enough people to support specialized labor. (note farmer might be replaced with fisher in a coastal settlement) Maybe, maybe they have a blacksmith, although a hundred is is a pretty ...


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Unlike the main answers, we actually do see a few specialized professions even in small villages. This is true both for the middle ages and for contemporary indigenous people. Most importantly, there would be a priest. Even small villages have a shaman, witch doctor, priest or other religious figurehead. According to some historical research, productivity ...


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Traditionally one dragged the shield out of alignment using the edge of their own shield, if you're using a sword but have no shield then there are two possibilities: You are using a two-handed weapon, a polearm or a sword like the Zweihänder in which case you have a reach advantage and actually can simply pound your opponent until they give you an opening ...


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There are various relevant old jokes, such as "if you want to get there, don't start from here", or perhaps suggestions to avoid entering into an arse-kicking contest if you only have one leg. Given that you've got yourself into this mess already, my first thought would be "distract my opponent so my friend can stab him in the side". If you've managed to ...


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I suggest using axe - it's the weapon specifically designed to break shield (especially strapped one, which the axe can also break or cut their shield arm if swing directly to the shield) and it can also hook the shield. Here an image how to hook the shield to the side: If the user must use sword,this falx sword can deal shield (especially strapped one) and ...


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(Assuming your enemy has a shield and sword, not just a shield...) Using inherent disadvantages of a heavy shield: You can tire him out. Feint or otherwise draw his attention to one side, attack from the other. Trip or shove him so he falls and either has trouble getting up with the shield or is forced to abandon it. Lure him into difficult terrain, such ...


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Using the same approach used by sports, where the defending team is actuating a solid defense, the key to break the wall is: keep trying and feinting until the defender leaves an opening. In basketball the attacker keeps moving the ball around, same in soccer. In chess or in box the attacker prepares attacks trying to weaken the defender position. And so ...


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I agree with John that such a small village would probably consist of farmers, farmers, and farmers. Except if the people are Humans or similar they were have two genders with somewhat different roles and a ranges of ages. So probably the jobs would be farm husband, farm wife, farm hand, farm wife's assistant, farmer's little boy, farmer's little girl, old ...


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Need? At a minimum, and assuming this is not a village featured in the medieval version of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, this small population village needs farms raising a suitably broad range of foodstuffs for the populace to have a healthy diet via bartering. Many villages of this size might support itinerant peddlers and tradesman providing many ...


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A village of that size would not have any professions, just crafts, trades and occupations. The majority of the work would be done by women, and, as today, would mainly not be recognised as work - making and repairing clothes, rearing children , preparing food, brewing, baking, looking after livestock etc. The most important person for future generations ...


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With that small of a group most would be farmers. Some of them might have a sideline like being a blacksmith in addition to being a farmer. Every family would be able to do some craft work like spinning thread or wool, sewing, carpentry, Leather work including tanning, and so on. The population would probably have to reach a few thousand to allow things ...


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Option 1: The Hapsburg Plan As many comments have pointed out, this arrangement was not uncommon in Medieval Europe, where national identity as we know it did not exist and loyalty was based on feudal obligations and kinship ties. This option does have some limitations, though. It works best if the other lands between your kingdom’s holding are all part of ...


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There is already a book which would suit your needs quite well, although it might need a revision for this specific purpose. The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch by Lewis Dartnell This book might seem somewhat ill-suited, as it is just a general pop-Sci paperback, but the beauty of this particular solution lies in the details, or more ...


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General observations The European Middle Ages span almost a full millennium, from the 5th to the 15th century CE. There is very little commonality between the wretched barbarian chiefdoms of the 7th century and the large-ish well-established states of the 14th. The Middle Ages in Europe are indeed characterized by rather slow progress in science and ...


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You forgot the major rule-enforcer, the village priest. It might not be exactly commercial in nature but it's certainly a profession and is one of the few people the slight excess food production will go toward supporting.


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It would be extremely hard. Modern GMO seeds are modified so that the seeds they produce will not be as abundant. Something to do with chemicals and stripping certain sections of DNA or something along those lines. Even if your seeds could reproduce, you run into a lot of modern problems Nothing grows for free and your widely abundant crops drain all the ...


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It would be very difficult, because you're playing by the wrong rules. Let's start with this big one: Most European medieval societies lacked enough disposable income to purchase your food. Then let's move to the next big hurdle: There was no large scale food preservation or transport infrastructure. Most of your crop would simply rot (or feed rodents). ...


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Build a Trade-focused Nation There are several examples in the historical period you are targeting of nations which built themselves off of several small but wealthy cities on vital trade routes. Here are some examples: The Hanseatic League, which consisted of several north German and Baltic cities with close ties to merchant guilds, which also controlled ...


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SHORT ANSWER: The plan of the Kings of Tor could work, with some qualifications. LONG ANSWER: INHERITANCE IS A ONE WAY STREET The plan of the Kings of Tor to acquire land by marrying off their sons and daughters to other noble houses wouldn't work. Or rather, the marrying off of the daughters to members of other royal or noble houses wouldn't work for ...


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According to what I can find on line, D&D Blue Dragons prefer desert climate, so there may not be a lot of hydration needed. Just keep the sand pit that she burrows in hot and moist and let osmosis do the rest. As for nourishment, just prop her head up on a mound of sand at an angle that allows you to pour chicken stock down its throat. Just as ...


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I would think that Sir Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica would be a very good choice. It was written in latin, so should be perfectly comprehensible to scholars in the middle ages, and is considered to be one of the underpinning works of the scientific and industrial revolutions beginning in the mid the 1700s.


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If you had ever played Banished, you'd have skipped this question and asked how many of each for a given population size, and you'd know the temporal order in which the professions are important. Farms, farms, and more farms? Not w/o seeds, and probably not before the fishery, and definitely not before hunting and gathering. Roam out into the wilderness ...


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Farming comes first, but it is also seasonal Farming produces food (which is essential for survival), fuel, and fibers. Most of the adult and teenage male population will be busy during the entire day during plowing, planting, and harvesting. But this is seasonal, and there are periods when farming requires only a few hours (or none at all) each day. ...


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They've already answered above saying that food would be their priority and that their professions would depend on whether the community is a satellite settlement or not, but also keep into account how many adults you have. Babies can't work, and children can only lend a hand with less physically-demanding tasks such as fetching water; herding geese, sheep, ...


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I think to change the world you shouldn't be sending back hard science books, but books on philosophy or the soft sciences that focus on human behavior and interaction. If you put the knowledge of gunpowder or metallurgy or chemistry in the hands of a xenophobic empire builder (and the Church certainly was) all you're going to wind up with is an imbalance of ...


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I think a solid compendium of human history from the big bang to the mastery of time, including detailed explanations of people behind major political movements, scientific discoveries, space travel and their impacts on human society would be the most powerful source of knowledge to advance human society faster We, humans, have a wonderful capacity to learn ...


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