This list represents the Latin Greece 'empire' - or Achaean or Morean Franks as they were sometimes known. It starts (on a high point) with the capture of Constantinople in 1204 AD through a dramatic decline following the Athenian Frankish nobility being wiped out (at the disastrous battle of Kephissos) in 1311AD after having tried to short-change and double cross their Catalan mercenaries (not a very clever move!). The southern Achaean kingdoms/fiefdoms continued on through into the early 1370's but a clear end date for this list is as confused as the political situation at the time!
NB: In 1377 AD Pope Gregory XI offered the kingdom to the Hospitallers if they would agree to defend it against the Turks (but they'd have needed to recapture it back to achieve this - of course). However, after a brief reconnaissance the Hospitallers gracefully & very wisely, as it turned out, declined the offer.
Latin Frankish cavalry were regarded by contemporary observers as possibly the best in the world at this time.
However they were also subject to over confidence and were dangerously ill-disciplined. Hopitaller brethren fought in Achaean armies on a couple of occasions. However, their numbers were too small to warrant a separate unit (or provide a calming or disciplining effect on those around them) and players are advised to use a single Hospitaller Kn figure mixed into a Frankish Kn unit to depict them [if required].
The Greek troops are the local militias that the Franks inherited with the various estates, towns and castles they captured from the Byzantines. These troops were reasonably happy to fight alongside the Franks, who they viewed as being no worse than the Byzantine 'tax-farming' system they were subject to from their fellow countrymen and co-religionists. The FV4 for the Greek FT represents the fact that these are local provincial militia, not very enthusiastic, under trained and poorly equipped.
Archontes are subject ex-Byzantine Pronoia holders, who very quickly became westernised in their outlook and were treated like lesser nobility by their Frankish overlords. I have therefore assumed that they have abandoned their more traditional spear and bow armed tactics to follow their masters into combat: hence Archontes are subject to obligatory charge.
Slavic LHI are classified as key to avoid them being used as 'throw away' troops by an unscrupulous modern general - they certainly did not view themselves as being that 'heroic' in real life!
The Venetian Men-at-Arms probably also fought mounted but in such small numbers that I've assumed that if they did so, they would be brigaded with the other bonus MAA. The LHI Venetian Men-at-Arms represent those fighting dismounted in support of their infantry, they are armed with a variety of lighter polearms, spears and sword & buckler, and were brigaded with their Galley Crew hence their depiction as LHI.
|Era: Age of Chivalry|| ||Romanian Frank (Latin Greece) 1204AD to 1377AD||CR: H:4; L:3|| ||BP: 2||Init: 5|
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| || ||Catalans:|| || || || || |
| || ||Byzantines*:|| || || || || |
| || ||Venetians:|| || || || || |
| || ||Slavs:|| || || || || |
Bonus: (Max: 3 ) 3-GR; 2-SH; 2-RG
Core: 96 Bonus: 192
Kn(d) are Frankish nobility and knights, but also include a few Western Crusaders and their Sergeants; and an even smaller number of Military Order brother knights. Bonus MAA represent the lesser Frankish nobility and gentry.
Archontes HC are subject to Obligatory Charge
The more estute player will have noticed that it is potentially possible to buy up to 3 allied contingent in the same Bonus 75BP army. This is intentional but Catalans may not be purchased with Venetians.
*If the Byzantine contingent is used the Bonus FT (Greeks) must also be bought.
If any troops from an allied contingent are purchased, all must be bought.
The light troops in allied contingents that are not purchased do not count towards the extra Light Division requirement.
List Author: Aetius