There are many websites and even TV shows that pit either mythical creatures or single warriors against each other; such as the TV show that went belly up Deadliest Warrior. While that TV show took single warriors from different cultures that would have never fought against each other and tried to determine who the winner is, there are sometimes that you have to take in the fact that strength sometimes comes in the strength of the army. That is what my intentions are with these articles that use the title Medieval Champs. I will pit two armies against each other that never met each other in battle and let you, the reader, vote on who you think would win. The winner will move on into the next round and face a new challenger.
Please cast your vote by commenting at the bottom of the article.
The first of these will be two of my favorite from the medieval era; William Wallace of Scotland and his berserker like army that eventually defeated the English; against Vlad Dracul III of Transylvania and his army that held back the Turks with a devastating and effective mental strategy. One is the iconic hero of Scotland and slayer of the English. The other is the father of Vampires. Let’s take a look at each:
• William Wallace and his Scots
To quote a line in the movie Braveheart, Edward, “The Longshanks” King of England said this: “The problem with Scotland is that it’s full of Scots!” The Scots, led by William Wallace, were fearsome warriors. Wallace was a strategic genius as well as one of the most fearsome warriors ever. Combine the two, and the Scots, equipped with Claymores, dirks, and kilts, fought back the English who had longbow men (one of the deadliest military strategies), mounted knights, and plate armored men-at-arms. Though Wallace was captured and killed before the end of the war, his death sparked Robert the Bruce to action and the Scots finally won their independence.
To study up more on Wallace and the weapons used by the Scots, click here and here
• Vlad the Impaler and the Transylvanians
Though most think of him only as the father of Vampires, Vlad III had a very hard upbringing. His father sent Vlad III and his brother Radu to the Turks as a peace treaty deal. They were tokens used that should Wallachia (what is now all of Romania, and was under the rule of Vlad II and later Vlad III) engage in war with the Turks, the two boys would be killed. A little boy brought up as a prisoner of war, Vlad III was released from his captivity when his father was killed by his John Hunyadi; Vlad II’s own brother. Vlad III killed his uncle and took back the throne of Wallachia. Radu, Vlad III’s brother, had decided to stay with the Turks and would lead their army against his brother.
Vlad III was a very strict ruler, and demanded obedience from all of his subjects. In todays society, he would be looked up as a sociopathic psychopath, but the reality is that, in his time, he maintained a society that was nearly crime free. To demonstrate the point, he placed a solid god cup in the center of town, unguarded, and dared someone to take it. The cup never moved. Why? Because everyone knew that the punishment would be impalement.
Impaling was Vlad III’s favorite form of punishment, and he used this against the Turks. It is said that the “blood drinking and feasting on human flesh” rumors began when Vlad had defeated an army of Turks and had hundreds of them impaled. He then ordered that his dinner be set up on a fine table in the midst of the impaled victims as they slowly slid down the log that was inserted rectally. True or not; it does not matter. The fact is that word spread, and with it fear. Mind tactics are a powerful tool.
Vlad’s army would have been mostly in chain mail, carrying curved sabers, pole axes, and steel crossbows. A mighty force that has an advantage of scare tactics this army would be.
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• The outcome? You decide!
The battle would be one of epic proportions. Who would win? Would Wallace be able to inspire his men against the frightening impaling? Would Vlad impale so many of the Scots that they would not have their famed ferocity?
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