What Kind of Medieval Warrior Are You?

Mark Lichtenstein

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About This Quiz

In reading stories of the warriors of the Middle Ages, we often find ourselves relating strongly to one type or the other. Some warriors were professional soldiers, prized for their specialist expertise. Others were conscripted by the state, trained to be cannon fodder. Stories of these men and women evolved into legends and legends into myths.

Medieval armies were a lot more complicated than most people imagine. They evolved over the centuries, incorporating new and interesting weaponry, tactics, and numbers of soldiers. Larger battlefield hand weapons like polearms meant fewer people could fill a battlefield, which affected the ground chosen by armies as battlegrounds. Weapons of a period determined the architecture of fortresses and the duties of soldiers.

Do you think you could bear slogging hundreds of miles through the muck in a pair of medieval boots? Could you stand in line with other soldiers almost sure to be skewered by thousands of arrows? Would you be willing to bake in a suit of armor while riding to the Holy Land? Would you be willing to take a life, not for justice or a higher ideal, but for a monarch ordained by God to rule you and your family? What medieval warrior would you be? Let's find out!

What do you think of when you imagine a catapult?

How good are you at using complex technology?

How disciplined are you about practice?

How physically tough are you?

How still can you keep your hands in the heat of battle?

What do you think of when you imagine an ax?

How good are you at fixing things?

How good are you with animals?

How well off are you, financially?

How likely are you to fight for something other than a higher cause?

How good are you at following ridiculous orders?

How sneaky are you?

How cerebral are you?

How much of a glory hound are you?

How opportunistic are you?

What do you think of when you imagine a bow and arrow?

How good a leader are you?

Are you a man or woman of the people?

How strong is your right arm?

Are you willing to work late hours?

How expensive are your threads?

Do you own land?

How many languages do you speak?

What do you think of when you imagine a sword?

How do you pack for trips?

Would you need servants with you when you travel?

How close are you with powerful people?

Would you like to be a professional soldier?

What are the most dangerous odds you deem acceptable?

Would you be willing to be a reservist?

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