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Levy of Troops for Wars in Bohemia,1422


LEVY OF TROOPS FOP; WARS IN BOHEMIA, 1422.

Deutsche Reichstagsakten Bd, VIII (1883) pp. x57-X65.
Reprinted in Altmann und Bernheim: Ausgewlhlte Urkunden, Second Ed., pp. 174-177. German.

[TR Introduction] The levy of troops for the Bohemian wars gives us a picture of the relative size and importance of the various powers of Germany in 1422. The statisticians will note especially the concentration of power in the Rhine lands, The contingents to be furnished by the cities, afford an excellent scale of the relative importance of towns in the epoch concerned.

(The Electors). Archbishops: Mayence 50 with swords, Cologne 40 with swords. Treves 40 with swords. The count Palatine 50 with swords. Saxony 20 mounted man-at-arms. Branderburg 50 with swords.

The Bishops: The archbishop of Magdeburg 30 swordsmen, 10 archers. Bishop of Hildesheim 5 swordsmen, 5 archers. That of Wurzburg 20 swordsmen. That of Bamberg 20 swordsmen. That of Eichstatt 10 swordsmen. That of Strassburg 10 swordsmen. That of Constanz 8 swordsmen. That of Basle 2 swordsmen. That of Coire 2 swordsmen. That of Besan,con 6 swordsmen- That of Augsburg 2 swordsmen. That of Metz 6 swordsmen. That of Toul 3 swordsmen. That of Verdun 6 swordsmen. That of Lausanne 6 swordsmen. That of Speyer 8 swordsmen That of Worms 2 swordsmen. That of Verden 3 swordsmen, 6 men-at-arms. That of Schwerin 8 swordsmen, 8 men-at-arms. That of Halberstadt 6 swordsmen, 6 men-at-arms. That of Bremen 10 swordsmen, 10 men-at-arms. That of Sammin 6 swordsmen, 6 men-at-arms. That of Regensburg 5 swordsmen. That of Munster 10 swordsmen.

Dukes and lay princes. Duke of Lorraine 20 swordsmen. Duke of Bar 20 swordsmen. Duke of Savoy 50 swordsmen. Margrave of Baden 10 swordsmen. Landgrave of Hesse 20 swordsmen, 10 Dentate arms. Duke Otto of the Leina 10 swordsmen, 10 men-at-arms. Erich of Brunswick 5 swordsmen, 5 men-at-arms. Duke Otto of Hirschberg 5 swordsmen, 5 men-at-arms. Bernhard and William of Brunswick with their cities namely, Brunswick and Luneburg, 10 swordsmen 10 men-at-arms. John of Mecklenburg 10 swordsmen, 10 men-at-arms Albrecht of Mecklenburg 10 swordsmen, 10 men-at-arms. Children of Duke Ulrich with the country of Stargardt 10 swordsmen, 10 men-atarms. Otto and Casimir of Stettin 20 swordsmen, 12 men-at-arms ltladislaf of Wolgast 15 swordsmen, 12 men-at-arms. Erich of Saxe-Lauenberg 3 swordsmen, 6 men-at-arms. Louis of Ingoldstadt in Bavaria 16 swordsmen. Ernest and William of Bavaria 10 swordsmen. Henry of Bavaria 20 swordsmen. John of Bavaria 10 swordsmen. Stephen of Bavaria 5 swordsmen. Otto of Bavaria 5 swordsmen. Adolphus of Cleve 20 swordsmen. Duke of Berg 6 spearmen. The bishop of Utrecht, with Deventer, ICempten, Zwolle, and Utrecht, 40 swordsmen.

Lords and counts in the Netherlands. The duke of Jülich, and the knights of Jülich and Guelders, and the four cities of Romunde, Nymwegen, Arnheim and Zutphen 60 swordsmen. The three cities of Brabant 100 swordsmen. The cities of Liege 100 swordsmen. Standard bearers, knights, and men of Holland 60 swordsmen. Standard bearers, knights, and men of Hainault, the cities of Hainault, the count of Namurs 90 swordsmen. Lords and knights of Flanders, the cities of Flanders 20 swordsmen.

Counts and lords. Gerhard, count of Mark 3 swordsmen. William count of Ravensburg 2 swordsmen. Count of Teckelnburg 2 swordsmen. Count of Riedenburg 1 swordsman. Lord of Lippe 2 swordsmen. Lord of Dippoldswald 1 swordsman. Count of Bentheim 1 swordsman. Count of Schaumburg 1 swordsman. Count of Oldenburg 1 swordsman. Frederick and William of Henneberg 4 swordsmen. Count of Rheineck 2 swordsmen. Count of Kastel 2 swordsmen. Count of Hohenlohe 2 swordsmen. Count of Weinsberg 2 swordsmen. Count of Heideck 1 swordsman. Otto Erich of the Heust 6 swordsmen. Count of Würtemberg 20 swordsmen. Count of Schauen 15 swordsmen. Margrave of Rotelen 3 swordsmen. Margrave of Toggenburg5 swordsmen. Conrad of Freiburg 5 swordsmen. Hugo master of the Order of St. John 10 swordsmen. Christopher of Wenden 6 swordsmen, 6 men-at-arms. Albrecht and George of Anhalt 5 swordsmen, 5 men-at-arms. Bernhard of Auhalt 4 swordsmen, 4 men-at-arms. Bernhard of Rheinstein, 3 swordsmen, 3 men-at-arms. Count of Wernigerode 4 swordsmen, 4 archers. Emich of Leinigen 3 swordsmen. Frederick of Leinigen 2 swordsmen. Philipp of Nassau 4 swordsmen. John of Sponheim 5 swordsmen. Frederick of Veldenz 3 swordsmen. John and Frederick, counts of the Rhine 2 swordsmen. Philipp and Emich, lords of Oberstein, 2 swordsmen. Lord of Hohenfels 1 swordsman. Nicholas NTogt of Honolstein 1 swordsman. John of Katzenellenbogen 8 swords-men. Adolphus of Nassau 2 swordsmen. William of Wied 3 swordsmen. Philipp and Salentin lord of Ysenburg 3 swordsmen. John of Wied, Reinhard, lord of Westerburg 2 swordsmen. Dietrick, lord of Runkel 1 swordsman. John and Henry, counts of Nassau lord of Bilstein 2 swordsmen. Bernhard and John brothers, count Solms 3 swordsmen. John of Wittgenstein 1 swordsman. Rupert of Virneburg 2 swordsmen. Gottfried Eberhard, lord of Eppstein 4 swordsmell. Reinhard, lord of Hanau 3 swordsmen. Dieter, lord of Budegen 3 swordsmen. Michael of Wertheim 1 swordsman. William of Eberstein 1 swordsman. Lords of Arbergen 3 swordsmen. William of Blankenstein 1 swordsman. John, lord of Schleiden 1 swordsman. Frederick of Moers 4 swordsmen. John, lord of Heimsberg 4 swordsmen. Walrave of Moers 1 swordsman. William Craft, lord of Saffenburg 1 swordsman. John, lord of Rodemachern 2 swordsmen. John and Gottfried, lord of Ziegenhain 2 swordsmen. Henry of Waldeck, and the others of Waldeck 4 swordsmen. John Henry of Vinstigen 2 swordsmen. The lord of Wibelkoben 1 swordsman. Shenk Eberhard, Schenk Conrad and Schenk Conrad the younger, of Ehrenpach 3 swordsmen. Conrad, lord of Bickenbach 1 swordsman. The lord of Neuenahr 1 swordsman. Eberhard of Lineburg, lord of Hartenburg 2 swordsmen. Count of Limburg 1 swordsman. The lord of Harn 2 swordsmen. John of Saarwerden 1 swordsman. The Brothers of Bitsch 1 swordsman. Count of Salm 1 swordsman.

The Abbots. The abbot of Fulda 6 swordsmen. The abbot of Weissenburg 2 swordsmen. The abbot of Zelle 1 swordsman. The abhot of Murbach 3 swordsmen. The abbot of Maulbronn 5 swordsmen. The abbot of Einsiedeln 2 swordsmen. The abbot of Biebenhausen 3 swordsmen. Tbe abbot of Salem 5 swordsmen. The abbot Alb 2 swordsmen. The abbot of Kemptem 2 swordsmen. The abbot of Schaffhausen 2 swordsmen. The abbot of Petershausen 2 swordsmen. The abbot of Kinzing 2 swordsmen. The abbot of Weingarten 4 swordsmen. The abbot of Elchingen 2 swordsmen. The abbot of St. Blasien 2 swordsmen. The abbot of Balbeuren 2 swordsmen. The abbot of Zwiefalten 2 swordsmen. The abbot of Isni 1 swordsman. The abbot of Saint George 1 swordsman. The abbot of Saint John 1 swordsman. The abbot of Pfaeffers 1 swordsman. The abbot of Konigsbrünn 1 swordsman. Prior to Schussenried 2 swordsmen.

The cities. The confederates of Berne, Lucerne, Zurich, Freiburg in Vaud 250 horse. Constance, Lindau, Buchhorn, Ravensburg, Ueberlingen, Zelle am Unter See, Diessenhofen, 50 swordsmen and 200 mounted men. SchaShausen, Waldshut, Lauffenberg, Sackingen, Sheinfelden, Winterthur, Rapperswil, Frauenfeld 26 men-at-arms. Kempten, Isny, Wangen, Leutkirch, Memmingen, Augsburg, Biberach, pfullendorf, Kaufbeuren, Ulm, Giengen, Nordlingen, Bopfingenj AaJen, Gmund, Dunkelsbuhl, Esslingen, Reutlingen Rottweil, Weil, Buchau, 100 swordsmen and 100 men-at-arms. Halle 12 swordsmen and 12 men-at-arms. Heilbronn, Wimpfen Weinsberg 24 mounted men armed. Basle 16 swordsmen. Strassburg Muhlhausen, Colmar, Munster in St. Gregorienthal, Kaiserberg, Durkheim, Schlettstadt, Oberehnheim, Roshein, Hagenau, Weissenburg, 30 swordsmen. Freiburg, Neuenberg Breisach, Kenzingen Endingen 10 swordsmen. Verden 10 swordsmen. Kaufmansarburg 3 swordsmen. Treves 4swords men. Metz 20 swordsmen. Toul 10 swordsmen. Speyer Worms and Mayence 24 swordsmen. Cologne, Aix la Chapelle 39 swordsmen. Dortmund 6 swordsmen. Frankfort 15 swordsmen. Friedberg 2 swordsmen. Gelnhausen 3 swordsmen. Wetzlar 2 swordsmen. Nuremberg 30 swordsmen, 30 men-at-arms. Rothenburg 12 swordsmen, 12 men-at-arms. Windsheim 5 swordsmen, 6 men-at-arms, Weissenburg in Franconia 5 swordsmen, 5 men-at-arms. Schweinfurt 5 swordsmen, 5 men-at-arms. Regensburg 15 swordsmen, 15 men-at-arms. Lubeck 30 swordsmen, 30 men-at-arms. Hamburg 15 swordsmen, 15 men-at-arms. Muhlhausen [Saxony] 3 swordsmen, 6 men-at-arms. Nordhausen 15 swordsmen, 10 men-at-arms. Aschesleben 10 swordsmen, 6 men-at-arms. Halberstadt 10 swordsmen, 10 men-at-arms. Quedlinburg 10 swordsmen, 10 men-at-arms. Sum total, 754 swordsmen and 777 mounted horse from the cities.

From University of Pennsylvania. Dept. of History: Translations and Reprints from the Original Sources of European history, published for the Dept. of History of the University of Pennsylvania., (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press [1897?-1907?]), Vol III:2, pp.8-11

 


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