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Old 05-11-2016, 11:03 AM
Blue Blistering Barnacle Blue Blistering Barnacle is offline
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In "A Distant Mirror: the Calamitous 14th Century" by Barbara Tuchman

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the author often describe the riches in material goods which would be sent off with nobles on their foreign military adventures. The valuable plates and silverware, etc was usually pawned when the expedition "hit the rocks", as it almost always did. IIRC she expressed the opinion that this was in fact a secondary purpose for hauling this stuff along.