Izzy (funwithrage) wrote in little_details,

City Guard sort of pre-1800s: Daily Life?

The situation: fantasy world, somewhere near the 15/1600s in terms of society, though lower in tech. Smallish hickish city, Tolkienish Epic War somewhere a couple weeks' ride away. A fairly substantial number of young people went to join the army.

Historically speaking, and leaving out the random magic and so forth, Would there be a town guard which stayed behind? If so, would it be entirely external defense or do some policing? What would the daily routine be like?

I've googled "town guard" and "watchmen" and so forth, but gotten nothing terribly useful; any hints on research would also be awesome.
Tags: 1500-1599, 1600-1699, europe: history

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