The arsenal of the medieval soldier was vast and limited in the same time. The personal weapons of
the warriors were steel weapons in the most diverse shapes. There were no firearms yet in 1302 (they appeared about 30 years later).
But there was artillery like trebuchets, catapults and others.
Knights were known to spend a great deal of their time on weapons training. They were professional
soldiers who had to be prepared for war all the time. The militias and footsoldiers on the contrary were not so well prepared for battles.
It is known that militias frequently trained, but this was by no means comparable with the training of the knights. The most widespread
weapon within the Flemish town militias was the goedendag.
By the end of the 13th century more and more groups of soldiers of fortune emerged. These were
footsoldiers who could be hired by a lord to fight for him. They too were better prepared for battle than the militias. Most of the French
footsoldiers in Courtrai in 1302 were soldiers of fortune. Their most used weapon was the pike.