Medieval II: Total WarEdit


He doth nothing but talk of his horse.

- Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, i, 2

All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players.

- Shakespeare, As You Like It, ii, 7

I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways.

- Shakespeare, As You Like It, v, 1

Here I and sorrows sit; Here is my throne, bid kings come bow to it.

- Shakespeare, King John, iii, 1

Go, bid the soldiers shoot.

- Shakespeare, Hamlet, iv, 2

Come the three corners of the world in arms, and we shall shock them.

- Shakespeare, King John, iv, 7

A man can die but once.

- Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part:II. iii, 2

Give me another horse: bind up my wounds.

- Shakespeare, King Richard III, v, 3

A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!

- Shakespeare, King Richard III, v, 4

The better part of valour is discretion.

- Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part: I, v, 4

To whom God will, there be the victory.

- Shakespeare, King Henry the Sixth, Part: III, ii, 5

A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.

- Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, i, 1

We are ready to try our fortunes To the last man.

- Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part: II, iv, 2

And many strokes, though with a little axe, hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak.

- Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part: III, ii, 1

Upon his royal face there is no note how dread an army hath enrounded him;

- Shakespeare, King Henry V, iv prologue

There's daggers in men's smiles.

- Shakespeare, Macbeth, II, 3

Fight to the last gasp.

- Shakespeare, King Henry VI, part 1, i, 1

I'll fight, till from my bones my flesh be hacked.

- Shakespeare, Macbeth, v, 3

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!

- Shakespeare, King Henry V, iii, 1

Niccolò MachiavelliEdit

Since love and fear can hardly coexist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

The princes who have done great things are the ones who have taken little account of their promises.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

So far as he is able, a prince should stick to the path of good but, if the necessity arises, he should know how to follow evil.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

Men should either be treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

The prince must be a fox... to recognize the traps and a lion to frighten the wolves.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

The sinews of war are not gold, but good soldiers.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

The best fortress which a prince can possess is the affection of his people.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought... but war and its organisation and discipline.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

Good order and discipline in any army are to be depended upon more than courage alone.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

Good order makes men bold, and confusion, cowards.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

One should never risk one's whole fortune unless supported by one's entire forces.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

To ensure victory the troops must have confidence in themselves as well as in their commanders.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.

- Niccolò Machiavelli

Fulcher of ChartresEdit

Many of the common people in the armies were desolate, fearing future poverty; and so they sold their bows and the cowards returned to their own homes.

- Fulcher of Chartres

Alas! How many noble and valiant knights we lost.

- Fulcher of Chartres

There is now no hope of escaping. If you fight you will conquer, but if you flee you will fall.

- Fulcher of Chartres

When he caught sight of their army, he was terrified and groaned in his mind.

- Fulcher of Chartres

Martin LutherEdit

A safe stronghold our God is still. A trusty shield and weapon.

- Martin Luther

Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.

- Martin Luther

Nothing good ever comes of violence.

- Martin Luther

War is the greatest plague that can affect humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.

- Martin Luther


War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.

- Erasmus

Fortune favours the audacious.

- Erasmus

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.

- Erasmus

John MiltonEdit

Better to reign in hell than serve in heav'n.

- John Milton

For what can war, but endless war, still breed?

- John Milton

Luck is the residue of design.

- John Milton

Peace hath her victories, no less renowned than War.

- John Milton

What does not destroy me, makes me strong.

- John Milton

Michel Eyquem de MontaigneEdit

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Tis so much to be a king, that he only is so by being so.

- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mould. . . . The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbour causes a war betwixt princes.

- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Matthew of EdessaEdit

The fighting was fierce and lasted for the greater part of a day; blood ran in rivers.

- Matthew of Edessa

The Frankish duke wept bitterly to see his soldiers massacred.

- Matthew of Edessa

On both sides the troops were commanded by royal princes and they massacred each other mercilessly.

- Matthew of Edessa

Luís de CamõesEdit

Let the world tremble as it senses all you are about to accomplish.

- Luís de Camões, The Lusíads, canto 1:15

Having done everything practical to make ready for so long a voyage, we prepared our souls to meet death, which is always on a sailor's horizon.

- Luís de Camões, The Lusíads, canto 4:86

Bernard of ClairvauxEdit

God has aroused the spirit of kings and princes to root up from the earth the enemies of the Christian name.

- Bernard of Clairvaux

Therefore gird yourselves manfully and take up joyful arms for the name of God.

- Bernard of Clairvaux


Kill them all, God will recognise his own.

- Arnaud Amaury, Abbot of Citeaux

The strength of God will enable us, a small but faithful band, to overcome the multitude of the faithless.

- Robert Guiscard

Let anyone who has zeal for God come with me! Let us fight for our brothers! Let Heaven's will be done!

- Conrad III, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire

Whoever devotedly undertakes and performs this most holy journey...shall have the enjoyment of eternal reward from the repayer of all men.

- Pope Eugenius III

Surrender before you all die by the sword, for I do not wish you to perish.

- Imad ad-Din Zanghi

We shall not surrender.

- Archbishop Hugh

Come on soldiers! Guardians and agents of the supreme law! Here is a sacrifice of dogs ready for your swords!

- Il-Ghazi

At the first sound of the bugle, everyone should make haste to put on arms and armour.

- Walter, Chancellor to Roger of Salerno

It is better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep

- Italian proverb

Put an end to so great an evil and arrive at a peace settlement whatever the outcome, and whatever the conditions.

- William of Tyre

Take up the weapons of the glorious army for the salvation of many thousands.

- Adela, wife of Stephen of Blois

If they wish to fight today, let them come like men.

- Bohemund

They assembled from all sides, one after another, with arms and horses and all the panoply of war...

- Anna Comnenus, The Alexiad

He withdrew, himself wounded, and was compelled to return home inglorious, weeping - he who had once vainly hoped for the glory of a triumph.

- William of Apulia

Do you know, my son, with what little understanding the world is ruled?

- Pope Julius III

Set out on pilgrimage and triumph gloriously over the infidels in the East.

- Orderic Vitalis

Nothing is to be feared but fear.

- Francis Bacon

In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention.

- Thomas Aquinas

Strike up the drum and march courageously.

- Christopher Marlowe

Will no one revenge me of the injuries I have sustained from one turbulent priest?

- Henry II, King of England

The fields have eyes, and the woods have ears.

- Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, The Knights Tale

If some among them are innocent, it is expedient that they should be assayed like gold in the furnace and purged by proper judicial examination.

- Royal letter opening the enquiry into the Templar Knights

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.

- Christopher Columbus

It is better to be on hand with ten men than absent with ten thousand.

- Tamerlane

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

- Matthew, ch. XXIV, V.6

Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.

- Psalm, CXLIV

Inflict not on an enemy every injury in your power, for he may afterwards become your friend.

- Moslih Eddin Saadi

No one conquers who doesn't fight.

- Gabriel Biel

An emperor is subject to no one but God and justice.

- Fredrick I, Barbarossa

Let the boy win his spurs.

- Edward III, King of England, Battle of Crecy 1345

We who are the rest of the people raised our heart and eyes to heaven crying for God to have compassion upon us, and to turn away from us the power of the French.

- Thomas Elthem, Henry V's Chaplain at Agincourt

He who knows not how to dissimulate, can not reign.

- Louis XI, King of France

So many great nobles, things, administrations, so many high chieftains, so many brave nations, so many proud princes, and power so splendid; In a moment, a twinkling, all utterly ended.

- Jacobus de Benedictus

It is more honourable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.

- Petrarch

He who defends everything defends nothing.

- Fredrick II, Holy Roman Emperor

I am the King of Rome, and above grammar.

- Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor

When you see contention amongst your enemies, go and sit at ease with your friends; but when you see them of one mind, string your bow, and place stones upon the ramparts.

- Moslih Eddin Saadi

Disasters teach us humility.

- Saint Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury

I have loved justice and hated inequity; and therefore I die in exile.

- Pope Gregory VII, Tuscan Pope

It is easy to be brave behind a castle wall.

- Welsh proverb

In a fight, anger is as good as courage.

- Welsh proverb

Undertake this journey for the remission of your sins, with the assurance of the imperishable glory of the Kingdom of Heaven!

- Urban II, Pope

To carry on war, three things are necessary: money, money, and yet more money.

- Gian Jacopo Trivulzio

If you do not leave this pasturage, Saladin will come and attack you here. And if you retreat from this attack the shame and reproach will be very great.

- Gerard of Ridefort, letter written to King Guy

I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.

- King Charles V King of France

Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.

- Alfonso X, the Wise, King of Castile

Every man should arm himself as quickly as he could, and come to the King.

- Charles Oman

Let those who once fought against brothers and relatives now rightfully fight against barbarians.

- Pope Urban II

Medieval II Total War: KingdomsEdit

Teutonic CampaignEdit

Ranks of the Teutonic OrderEdit

Gross Hospittler (Hospitaller) responsible for organising and running the hospices and alm-houses of the Order.

- Ranks of the Teutonic Order

Gross Tressler (Grand Treasurer) resides with the Hochmeister and is responsible for the "state" treasury of the Order and almost all of their finances.

- Ranks of the Teutonic Order

Grosskomtur (Grand Commander) responsible for much of the administrative side of the Order.

- Ranks of the Teutonic Order

Komturei (the commandery) are the basic Order organisational unit. Each Komturei controls a district and a castle.

- Ranks of the Teutonic Order

Hochmeister (Grand Master) head of the Order, elected for life by a General Conclave.

- Ranks of the Teutonic Order

OberstTrappier (Quartermaster) governs areas regarded as pacified.

- Ranks of the Teutonic Order

Landmeister (provincial Master), subordinate to the OrdenMarschall, the Landmeister is responsible for the administration and military operations of his Province.

- Ranks of the Teutonic Order

OrdenMarschall (Order Marshall) also known as the Grand Marshal. Usually resides at the castle of Konigsberg and is responsible for all military operations on the Lithuanian borders.

- Ranks of the Teutonic Order


At this very moment both armies, giving their war cries, met right in the middle of the valley...

- Dlugosz on the battle of Tannenberg

...throughout the battle galloped amidst the banners, replacing the exhausted and the fallen by new forces, he watched with utmost alertness as fortunes swayed between the combatants

- Dlugosz on Grand Duke Alexander Vytautas, The Battle of Tannenberg, 1410

The Grand Duke instilled so much terror in all the knights that they shook like leaves before him.

- Dlugosz on Grand Duke Alexandre Vytautas

Life of Alexandre NevskiiEdit

The two armies met, and there was terrible carnage, and the crash of spears and their breaking and the clash of swords smiting as they moved over the frozen sea, and you could not see the ice, it was covered with blood.

- Life of Alexandre Nevskii, The Battle of Lake Peipus, 1242

With God's help he vanquished them, and the enemy forces turned and fled. But they [Alexandre's army] smote and pursued as if from the air; there was no place which they [the Crusaders] could flee.

- Life of Alexandre Nevskii, The Battle of Lake Peipus, 1242


Spurning honesty and God, went against the Christians to destroy the land of Prussia.

- Posilge, the chronicler of the Teutonic Order on Bohemian mercenaries

The forces of the Polish King were so numerous that there is no number high enough in the human languages.

- Prussian chronicles

And they went against the godless Lithuanians, and thus for our sins they were defeated by the godless pagans, and only one man in ten came back to his home.

- The Chronicle of Novgorod, 1237 on Nemtsii

hospitale sancte Marie Theutonicorum Jerosolimitanum - The Hospital of St. Mary of the Germans of Jerusalem

- The Teutonic Order

The brothers [Teutonic Knights] fought well enough but they were nevertheless cut down. Some of those from Dorpat escaped from the battle, and it was their salvation that they had been forced to flee.

- Livonian Rhymed Chronicle, The Battle of Lake Peipus, 1242

He would water his horses in the Rhine

- Boast attributed to Grand Duke Vytautus of Lithuania

A hundred picked men to plunder and harass the pagans... entering four villages that were not warned of their coming and putting to the sword whoever they find beginning their nights' sleep.

- The actions of a Teutonic raider, 1372

But you may rest assured that your childrens children will bewail your deeds.

- Heinrich Reuss von Plauen, 32nd Grand Master of the Teutonic Order

Crusades CampaignEdit

John of JoinvilleEdit

And you should know that there was at least an acre of land behind the Templars, which was so covered with arrows fired by the Saracens, that none of the ground could be seen.

- John of Joinville 11th February 1250

And in this battle, brother William, Master of the Templars, lost an eye; and he had lost the other one on the previous Shrove Tuesday; and that lord died as a consequence, may God absolve him!

- John of Joinville 11th February 1250


Whoever devotedly undertakes and performs this most holy journey... shall have the enjoyment of eternal reward from the repayer of all men.

- Pope Eugenius III

The strength of God will enable us, a small but faithful band, to overcome the multitude of the faithless.

- Robert Guiscard

We should sympathize with their grief and in pity spare them, because they have lost a prince such as the rest of the world does not possess today.

- Nur ad-Din on the death of King Baldwin III of Jerusalem

Britannia CampaignEdit

A king's son is not nobler than his food.

- Irish proverb

Cry - God for Harry! England and Saint George!

- William Shakespeare, Henry V. scene i.

Henry seeing he could not resist the multitude of the Scots, turned his horse with the intention of returning to his companions; but Robert opposed him and struck him on the head with an axe.

- Account of the duel between Robert the Bruce King of Scotland and English knight Henry de Bohun

From that time there gathered to him all who were of bitter heart and were weighed down beneath the burden of bondage under the intolerable rule of English domination and he became their leader.

- Scottish chronicler Fordun on William Wallace

Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.

- Scottish proverb

It is easy to be brave behind a castle wall.

- Welsh proverb

Americas CampaignEdit

The weakness of the enemy makes our strength

- Cherokee proverb

Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you.

- Hopi proverb

The one who tells the stories rules the world

- Hopi proverb

One finger cannot lift a pebble

- Hopi proverb

In death, I am born

- Hopi proverb

Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance

- Lakota proverb

You can't see the future with tears in your eyes

- Navajo proverb

There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnake's tail

- Navajo proverb

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep

- Navajo proverb

You can't win them all

- Navajo proverb

After dark all cats are leopards

- Zuni proverb

We went there to serve God, and also to get rich

- Bernal Díaz del Castillo

It was all so wonderful that I do not know how to describe this first glimpse of things never heard of, seen or dreamed of before...

- Bernal Díaz del Castillo

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World

- Cristopher Columbus

So loud was the wailing of women and children that there was not one man among us whose heart did not bleed at the sound...

- Hernán Cortés

What men in all the world have shown such daring?

- Hernán Cortés

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