MOK is quite correct in his equipment assessment. In the old days, it really didn't pay to be wealthy because the burden of fighting fell upon you. Wealthy people could afford decent weapons and armor, so the King required them to be the front line warriors. Of course, great privilege came with that "honor".
But on the other end of the scale, there were way more peasants than rich people, and when you have to fight a war, numbers count. Then it was up to either a Lord or the State to provide some measure of weaponry and armor for the foot sloggers.
At least in northern Europe it was not; the populace at large (EDIT: or rather, the free, male, non-Jewish members of it) was required by law to arm themselves, on pain of non-trivial fines, to the point that it became common parlance in legal texts for over half a millennium to refer to the standard set of shield, spear and either sword or axe as "the people's arms". Rulers arming their troops really only became a thing in early modern times, and even then for quite a long time the soldiers were expected to pay off the equipment from their salary.
Taking part in warfare used to be not only an honor, but also highly lucrative (usually through loot rather than pay) if you came out on top.
"There's no grays, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people like things. Including yourself. That's what sin is." — Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum
just thinking out loud, but that makes me think it might have been somewhat common for people to show up to battle without knowing anything about battle, and just wearing and carrying things that are definately wrong. Like, bringing a sword or armor that ISN'T going to work right, but they just don't know any better. Medievil battles might have been often between two sides that don't know anything, with all kinds of shenanigans. Knowing something about battle might have been uncommon enough, in some places, that when someone who DID know something showed up,,,, the whole place turned into one country.... (theirs)
Medieval battles would be occurring relatively late on a continent where it's people have practiced organized war for over 2 thousand years. To say that the two sides in the relatively advanced medieval era battle would "not know anything" about appropriate weapons and armor is pretty silly.
what if their name was "patsy" ,,, and they were like "you know,,,, I want a sword mama".
"oh, come on honey, what are you going to do with a sword...."
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