An early medieval warband was a small flexible cohort that had to train to operate in a number of different formations that required different levels of co-ordination and co-operation.
From siege, full pitched battle to small lightly armed horse units entering deep into enemy territory.
A range of skill sets are required, the most prevalent feature of medieval warfare is termed ‘ravaging.’ It is the most widespread and popular tactic of the age.
The systematic destruction of crops, live stock and small rural population centers on a large regional scale, by fire and sword.
The long term psychological effect on local populations was significant.
This is the environment in which wild things are formed. This is an environment in which these wild things are to be found. It is a creature of the battlefield, formed of its strife.
I thought I should balance things out with some context, although it may just be an excuse to slip some Discharge into the mix.
One other later figure we can place in a similar environment of disorder and displacement in Europe is the feral child.
These are the produced of an altered state. A state of turmoil, movement and displacement. Feral children and wild men become a means of expressing the effect of being in such a space.
The processes of classification is a cultural one, the objects drawn from life become narrative vehicles, detailing this social form of identification.
They allow for a history of mind and its ideas to be developed and explored on a large-scale within human populations.
In a world of mind and ideas as in the physical word they are objects of dispute. Mental representations that reflect wider cultural division and strife.
Never a pure product, origin, or essence, it was always crazy. How could it be otherwise in such a space?