Two Andalusian Mercenary Archers (standing reaching for arrow), The Spanish, El Cid and the Reconquista--two figures
Item Number: CID-16D
Two Andalusian Mercenary Archers (standing reaching for arrow), The Spanish, El Cid and the Reconquista
The age in which El Cid lived has since been termed the “Reconquista”, or Christian reconquest of Spain from the Moors, and was one of the most colourful periods in military history. The armies are spectacular and varied, ranging from the noble Christian Knights to the Muslim Andalusians, through to the religious zeal of the African invaders, the Almoravids and Almohads. Although the period is often portrayed as a simple war of religion, it was in fact a great deal more complex, with Muslim commonly fighting Muslim, and Christian fighting Christians, with both sides using allies and mercenaries whenever it suited them.
This period, during the lifetime of El Cid (1040-1100CE), saw the rise of heavy cavalry charges and other northern European influences, especially in the kingdoms of Aragon and Catalonia, which had the strongest links to France.
Nearly all the warring factions in Spain during this period used local Andalusian troops as allies in their armies. Andalusian mercenary infantry archers were commonplace and were often deployed behind spearmen in battle.
These figures are perfect as defenders of the Andalusian Castle.
Released in MAY 2023.