The Ruler’s Men

The Ruler’s Men


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In war, belligerents fight with any and all weaponry they have. On this and some other notions – philosophizing and examining wars of the Machiavellian years, comes an anecdote: Under siege, the overlords sat at the top of the castle, giving orders to the troops to keep the gates hermetically closed and repel the enemy. The miserable attackers, who had nothing to lose, were attacking the castle from all sides; with battery rams and catapults, launching rocks and hay-made fire balls. In the last phase of the attack, before the castle falls, to demoralize the King’s men and to ensure the surrender, the rebels catapulted bags full of … shit.

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