They represent the first germs of the "landsknecht" profession, the shame and curse of the Germans.
This name is derived from the German 'landsknecht' ('valet of the fief'), applied to a mercenary soldier.
In the 15th and 16th centuries the infantry soldiers (Swiss or landsknecht) carried a heavy poniard or dagger.
The rascal was actually teaching me landsknecht, and I was obliged to pretend to learn from him.
The landsknecht infantry constituted the mainstay of the imperial armies in the 16th century.
Guinegate was the dbut of the landsknecht infantry as Nancy was that of the Swiss, and the lesson could not be misread.