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Unformatted text preview: Marquis Comte Vicomte English titles Duke Marquis Earl Viscount Barron Noble as Warrior before Carolingian period, most fighting was on foot all free men expected to fight only in 9th c., mounted combat became privilege of nobility training and equipment for mounted combat very expensive only wealthy nobles had resources to equip troop Knights and Nobles began to merge in 12th c. Knights at first, distinct from nobles socially stratified fought on horseback chief function was warfare mounted combat becomes possible when improvements in horse-breeding improved metallurgy for swords so they didnt break horseshoes armor spread of the stirrup...
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