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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flagSweden
18%
63%
18%
0%
11
flagItaly
13%
62%
13%
9%
51
flagGermany
21%
61%
6%
11%
109
flagSpain
9%
61%
9%
14%
21
flagAustria
26%
60%
0%
13%
15
flagCanada
9%
57%
23%
9%
21
flagthe Netherlands
12%
56%
9%
21%
32
flagPoland
19%
53%
10%
14%
9098
flagFrance
23%
53%
15%
7%
26
flagthe United Kingdom
25%
47%
10%
15%
225
flagthe United States
23%
45%
17%
13%
174
flagNorway
20%
44%
20%
16%
25
flagUU
16%
41%
0%
41%
12
flagRepublic of Ireland
20%
40%
12%
28%
25
flagFinland
6%
33%
13%
46%
15
flagIndia
50%
25%
16%
8%
12

Gender

men58%
women45%
Bordeaux
22%
21%
Genoa
58%
45%
Rome
6%
13%
Naples
12%
18%

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