Setting: Fantasy country, loosely based off of 11th-13th century Europe, a little larger than modern-day France.
Research done: Googling "travel across france horseback" and variations thereupon.
Situation: I have three characters that need to travel from the south-east corner/region of the country to the north-west region of the country on horseback in late summer. Several months later (autumn, early winter), another three characters travel THE SAME ROUTE, also on horseback. Both Group A and Group B travel vigorously, but also stop to rest and are periodically delayed (attacked, etc.). Including the rest time, but WITHOUT the periodic delays, about how long would it take for each group to make the journey (I'm assuming that the time required would be different with the changes in weather)?
My second question has the same setting.
Research done: Googling "11th century assassin weapons," "medieval assassin weapons," etc.
Situation: Along the way to the north-west region of the fantasy country, Group B (from the previous question) meets a man who works as a thief/assassin (rogue?). I need to know what kind of weapons he would carry. Did medieval assassins and thieves prefer a certain type of weapon other than the stereotypical sword/dagger?