Which city was famed for its crossbowmen mercenaries during the Middle Ages?

Bordeaux
Genoa
Rome
Naples
The Genoese cross­bow­men were a famous military corps of the Middle Ages, which acted both as mer­ce­nar­ies for many European powers. Armed with cross­bows made in Genoa by the Balistai Cor­po­ra­tion, they fought both on land (in­clud­ing the Siege of Jerusalem and Battle of Crécy) and in naval battles. The Genoese cross­bow­men remained one of the most re­spect­ed military corps until the 16th century, well after the in­tro­duc­tion of black­-pow­der weapons in Europe.

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Rome
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flagSweden
16%
66%
16%
0%
12
flagthe Netherlands
10%
65%
6%
17%
46
flagGermany
17%
61%
5%
14%
134
flagFrance
20%
61%
11%
5%
34
flagSpain
9%
61%
9%
14%
21
flagAustria
26%
60%
0%
13%
15
flagItaly
12%
58%
12%
16%
56
flagCanada
10%
57%
17%
14%
28
flagPoland
19%
55%
10%
14%
10387
flagthe United Kingdom
23%
52%
9%
13%
287
flagRepublic of Ireland
18%
50%
9%
21%
32
flagthe United States
22%
49%
15%
11%
209
flagNorway
18%
44%
18%
18%
27
flagthe United Arab Emirates
50%
42%
7%
0%
14
flagFinland
5%
41%
11%
41%
17
flagDenmark
10%
40%
20%
30%
10
flagUnknown
32%
34%
6%
25%
43
flagIndia
50%
25%
16%
8%
12

Gender

men60%
women46%
Bordeaux
21%
21%
Genoa
60%
46%
Rome
6%
13%
Naples
12%
18%

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