Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms

2007 video game

Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms is the expansion to the 2006 turn-based strategy PC game Medieval II: Total War. It was developed by Creative Assembly. The expansion was released on 28 August 2007 in North America and adds four campaigns.

Campaign introductions

  • Teutonic Campaign: War, a scourge that breaks out wherever different faiths meet. Being the last of the pagan kingdoms, Lithuania faces a bloody destiny, hunted by the Teutonic Knights, they must give up their false gods, or they must risk giving up their lives instead, in an ungodly war!
  • Americas Campaign: War, it was no stranger to the people of the New World. Blood and death were always a part of life in this hidden lands. But when the Old World arrived from across the seas. It would clash with the new in a war that forever change the Americas.
  • Crusades Campaign: War, it is no stranger to men of faith. Who are driven to fight with a fury no king or sultan can inspire. From across the sands and the seas. They fight for the holy lands. To ensure the hell that is their lives will grant their passage into heaven.
  • Britannia Campaign: War, it has always been a part of life in the British Isles. From Roman times until present day, no king or emperor has called this realm his own. Five kings now stand ready to do battle over this lands. They will make Britannia theirs, or die in the attempt.

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Americas Campaign

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
Christopher Columbus
  • Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
    • Christopher Columbus
  • You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
    • Navajo proverb
  • You can't win them all.
    • Navajo proverb
  • There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnake's tail.
    • Navajo proverb
  • Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you.
    • Hopi proverb
  • You cannot see the future with tears in your eyes.
    • Navajo proverb
  • The one who tells the stories rules the world.
    • Hopi proverb
  • One finger cannot lift a pebble.
    • Hopi proverb
  • In death, I am born.
    • Hopi proverb
  • Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant.
    • Kiowa proverb
  • After dark all cats are leopards.
    • Zuni proverb
  • A good man does not take what belongs to someone else.
    • Pueblo proverb
  • Cherish youth, but trust old age.
    • Pueblo proverb
  • Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance.
    • Lakota proverb
  • The weakness of the enemy makes our strength.
    • Cherokee proverb
  • All who have died are equal.
    • Comanche proverb
  • We dared not charge them except all together... For they were so numerous that they could have blinded us with clods of earth if God, of His great mercy, had not aided and protected us.
    • Bernal Díaz del Castillo
  • Then Cortés told them that the King's laws decreed such treachery should not go unpunished, and that they must die for their crime.
    • Bernal Díaz del Castillo
  • ...Then he ordered a musket to be fired, which was the signal we had agreed on; and they received a blow they will remember for ever, for we killed many of them, and the promises of their false idols were of no avail.
    • Bernal Díaz del Castillo
  • And when we saw all those cities and villages built in the water, and other great towns on dry land, and that straight and level causeway leading to Mexico, we were astounded...
    • Bernal Díaz del Castillo
  • It was all so wonderful that I do not know how to describe this first glimpse of things never heard of, seen or dreamed of before...
    • Bernal Díaz del Castillo
  • As for us, we were scarcely four hundred strong, and we well remembered the word and warning...we had received to beware of entering the city of Mexico, since they would kill us as soon as they had us inside.
    • Bernal Díaz del Castillo
  • What men in all the world have shown such daring?
    • Hernan Cortes
  • For I assure Your Majesty that if God had not mysteriously assisted us and the victory had gone to Narváez, it would have been the greatest harm that Spaniards had done to each other for a long time past.
    • Hernan Cortes
  • Furthermore, they had calculated that if 25,000 of them died for every one of us, they would finish with us first, for they were many and we were but few.
    • Hernan Cortes
  • These Aztecs then came and I told them to observe how they could not triumph, and how each day we did them great harm and killed many of them and we were burning and destroying their city.
    • Hernan Cortes
  • They no longer had nor could find any arrows, javelins or stones with which to attack us...
    • Hernan Cortes
  • ...and our allies fighting with us were armed with swords and bucklers, and slaughtered so many of them on land and in the water that more than forty thousand were killed or taken that day.
    • Hernan Cortes
  • So loud was the wailing of the women and children that there was not one man among us whose heart did not bleed at the sound...
    • Hernan Cortes
  • We went there to serve God, and also to get rich.
    • Bernal Díaz del Castillo
  • It is not good to look at the clouds or your work will not progress.
    • Mayan proverb

Britannia Campaign

England and France in 1259
My lord if we cross the bridge we are dead men.
—Traitorous Scottish knight Richard Lundie at the battle of Stirling Bridge
Robert opposed him and struck him on the head with an axe.
—Account of the duel between Robert the Bruce of Scotland and English knight Henry de Bohun
  • A certain bloody man ... who had been chief of brigands in Scotland
    • Lanercost the chronicler on William Wallace
  • Evil priests are the cause of the people's ruin, so the ruin of the realm of Scotland had its source within the bosom of its own church
    • Lanercost the chronicler
  • The common folk of the land followed him as their leader and ruler; the retainers of the great lords adhered to him...
    • Walter of Guisborough on the leadership of William Wallace
  • ... and even though the lords themselves were present with the English king in body, at heart they were on the opposite side.
    • Walter of Guisborough on the leadership of William Wallace
  • From that time there gathered to him all who were of bitter heart and were weighed down beneath the burden of bondage under the intolerable rule of English domination and he became their leader.
    • Scottish chronicler Fordun on William Wallace
  • My lord if we cross the bridge we are dead men.
    • Traitorous Scottish knight Richard Lundie at the battle of Stirling Bridge
  • They flayed him and divided pieces of his skin between them, not as keepsakes but out of hatred of him.
    • Guisborough on the demise of Hugh Cressingham, treasurer of Scotland, at the hands of the Scots'
  • We shall then defeat the whole lot of them in one go!
    • King Edward I of England upon hearing of his Welsh allies threats to desert to the Scots'
  • I have brought you to the revel, now dance if you can!
    • William Wallace, rallying his men before the battle of Falkirk
  • Before them and on every hand foul lanes and deep dykes and many hedges with hills and valleys: a right evil place to approach, as could have been devised.
    • from the 'Arrivall' on the land near Tewkesbury
  • ...Henry seeing he could not resist the multitude of the Scots, turned his horse with the intention of returning to his companions; but Robert opposed him and struck him on the head with an axe.
    • Account of the duel between Robert the Bruce King of Scotland and English knight Henry de Bohun
  • That field hath eyen, and the wood hath ears.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale.
  • Yet in our ashen cold is fire yreken.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales. The Reves Prologue.
  • In his owen grese I made him frie.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales. The Reves Tale.
  • Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead!
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, scene i.
  • Cry 'God for Harry! England and Saint George!
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, scene i.
  • Will no one revenge me of the injuries I have sustained from one turbulent priest?
    • Henry II, King of England
  • O, Thou hast damnable iteration; and art, indeed, able to corrupt a saint.
    • William Shakespeare, Henry IV, part:I, act i, scene ii
  • There live not three good men unhanged in England; and one of them is fat and grows old.
    • William Shakespeare, Henry IV, part:I, act ii, scene iv
  • We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free.
    • William Wallace, rallying his men before the battle of Stirling Bridge
  • If you're lucky enough to be Irish, then you're lucky enough.
    • Irish quote
  • It is easy to be brave behind a castle wall.
    • Welsh proverb
  • In a fight, anger is as good as courage.
    • Welsh proverb
  • The better part of valour is discretion.
    • William Shakespeare, Henry IV, part:I, act v, scene iv
  • Castles were built a stone at a time.
    • Irish proverb
  • A king's son is not nobler than his food.
    • Irish proverb
  • Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbour. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him.
    • Irish proverb
  • A man is a lion in his own cause.
    • Scottish proverb
  • Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion
    • Scottish proverb

Crusades Campaign

The Holy Land in 1140
The Kingdom of Jerusalem with its Environs at the time of the Crusades
  • Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum – Support the faithful and serve the poor.
    • Motto of the Knights Hospitaller
  • A mighty persecutor of the Christian name and faith, a just prince, valiant and wise, and according to the traditions of his race, a religious man.
    • William of Tyre speaking of Nur ad-Din
  • We should sympathize with their grief and in pity spare them, because they have lost a prince such as the rest of the world does not possess today.
    • Nur ad-Din on the death of King Baldwin III of Jerusalem
  • After Jerusalem had been captured, Saladin had the cross taken down from the Temple of the Lord and, beating it with clubs, had it carried on display for two days throughout the city.
    • Letter written by Terricus, acting commander of the Templars to Henry II in 1188
  • If some among them are innocent, it is expedient that they should be assayed like gold in the furnace and purged by proper judicial examination.
    • Royal letter opening the Enquiry into the Templars 1307
  • After entering Asia Minor, the crusaders experienced the treachery of the Greek emperor. Our forces, however, had indulged in certain excesses and had incurred his displeasure.
    • William of Newburgh On the failure of the 2nd Crusade
  • And in this battle, brother William, Master of the Templars, lost an eye; and he had lost the other on the previous Shrove Tuesday; and that lord died as a consequence, may God absolve him!
    • John of Joinville 11th February 1250
  • Then he caused the Temple of the lord to be washed with rose water, inside and out, above and below, and, with an astonishing commotion, had his law acclaimed from on high in four places.
    • Letter written by Terricus, acting commander of the Templars, speaking of Saladins capture of Jerusalem in 1187
  • On this morning of May 17 rabi II, two days after the victory, the Sultan sought out the Templars and Hospitallers who had been captured and said "I shall purify the land of these two impure races".
    • Recorded by Imad-ad-Din, Secretary and Chancellor to Saladin 1187
  • When the Saracens came to attack ... they threw Greek fire onto the barrier ... and the fire caught easily ... the Turks did not wait for the fire to burn itself out, but rushed upon the Templars among the scorching flames.
    • John of Joinville 11th February 1250
  • Deus lo vult! – God wills it!
    • Pope Urban II, speaking about the first Crusade
  • And you should know that there was at least an acre of land behind the Templars, which was so covered with arrows fired by the Saracens, that none of the ground could be seen.
    • John of Joinville 11th February 1250
  • And by their arrogant and uncontrolled behavior, they had fired the anger of Almighty God as well against them.
    • William of Newburgh On the failure of the 2nd Crusade
  • If you do not leave this pasturage, Saladin will come and attack you here. And if you retreat from this attack the shame and reproach will be very great.
    • Gerard of Ridefort, letter written to King Guy
  • The strength of God will enable us, a small but faithful band, to overcome the multitude of the faithless.
    • Robert Guiscard
  • Let anyone who has zeal for God come with me! Let us fight for our brothers! Let Heaven's will be done!
    • Conrad III, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire
  • God has aroused the spirit of kings and princes to root up from the earth the enemies of the Christian name.
    • Bernard of Clairvaux
  • Whoever devotedly undertakes and performs this most holy journey...shall have the enjoyment of eternal reward from the repayer of all men.
    • Pope Eugenius III
  • Surrender before you all die by the sword, for I do not wish you to perish.
    • Imad ad-Din Zanghi
  • Come on soldiers! Guardians and agents of the supreme law! Here is a sacrifice of dogs ready for your swords!
    • Il-Ghazi
  • Put an end to so great an evil and arrive at a peace settlement whatever the outcome, and whatever the conditions.
    • William of Tyre
  • Take up the weapons of the glorious army for the salvation of many thousands.
    • Adela, wife of Stephen of Blois
  • If they wish to fight today, let them come like men.
    • Bohemund
  • They assembled from all sides, one after another, with arms and horses and all the panoply of war...
    • Anna Comnenus, The Alexiad
  • Therefore gird yourselves manfully and take up joyful arms for the name of Christ.
    • Bernard of Clairvaux
  • Set out on pilgrimage and triumph gloriously over the infidels in the East.
    • Orderic Vitali

Teutonic Campaign

The Teutonic State in 1260
Fortunes swayed between the combatants.
Jan Długosz, on Tannenburg
  • hospitale sancte Marie Theutonicorum Jerosolimitanum – the Hospital of St. Mary of the Germans of Jerusalem
    • The Teutonic Order
  • The forces of the Polish king were so numerous that there is no number high enough in the human language.
    • Prussian chronicles
  • And they went against the godless Lithuanians, and thus for our sins they were defeated by the godless pagans, and only one man in ten came back to his home.
    • The Chronicle of Novgorod, 1237 on the Nemtsii
  • The two armies met, and there was terrible carnage, and the crash of spears and their breaking and the clash of swords smiting as they moved over the frozen sea, and you could not see the ice, it was covered with blood.
    • Life of Alexandre Nevskii, The Battle of Lake Peipus, 1242
  • With God's help he vanquished them, and the enemy forces turned and fled. But they [Alexandre's army] smote and pursued as if from the air; there was no place to which they [the Crusaders] could flee.
    • Life of Alexandre Nevskii, The Battle of Lake Peipus, 1242
  • The brothers [Teutonic Knights] fought well enough, but they were nevertheless cut down. Some of those from Dorpat escaped from the battle, and it was their salvation that they had been forced to flee.
    • Livonian Rhymed Chronicle, The Battle of Lake Peipus, 1242
  • throughout the battle galloped amidst the banners, replacing the exhausted and the fallen by new forces, he watched with utmost alertness as fortunes swayed between the combatants
    • Dlugosz on Grand Duke Alexander Vytautas, The Battle of Tannenburg, 1410
  • A hundred picked men to plunder and harass the pagans... entering four villages that were not warned of their coming and putting to the sword whoever they find beginning their nights' sleep.
    • The actions of a Teutonic raider, 1372
  • Hochmeister (Grand Master) head of the Order, elected for life by a General Conclave.
    • Ranks of the Teutonic Order
  • Grosskomtur (Grand Commander) responsible for much of the administrative side of the Order.
    • Ranks of the Teutonic Order
  • OrdenMarschall (Order Marshal) also known as the Grand Marshal. Usually resides at the castle of Konigsberg and is responsible for all military operations on the Lithuanian borders.
    • Ranks of the Teutonic Order
  • Gross Hospittler (Hospitaller) responsible for organising and running the hospices and alm-houses of the Order.
    • Ranks of the Teutonic Order
  • GrossTressler (Grand Treasurer) resides with the Hochmeister and is responsible for the 'state' treasury of the Order and almost all of their finances.
    • Ranks of the Teutonic Order
  • OberstTrappier (Quartermaster) governs areas regarded as pacified.
    • Ranks of the Teutonic Order
  • Landmeister (provincial Master) subordinate to the OrdenMarschall, the Landmeister is responsible for the administration and military operations of his Province.
    • Ranks of the Teutonic Order
  • Komturei (the commandery) are the basic Order organisational unit. Each Komturei controls a district and Castle.
    • Ranks of the Teutonic Order
  • He would water his horses in the Rhine
    • Boast attributed to Grand Duke Vytautus of Lithuania
  • Spurning honesty and God, went against the Christians to destroy the lands of Prussia.
    • Posilge, the chronicler of the Teutonic Order on Bohemian mercenaries
  • The Grand Duke instilled so much terror in all the knights that they shook like leaves before him.
    • Dlugosz on Grand Duke Alexander Vytautas
  • At this very moment both armies, giving their war cries, met right in the middle of the valley...
    • Dlugosz on the battle of Tannenberg
  • But you may rest assured that your childrens children will bewail your deeds.
    • Heinrich Reuss von Plauen 32nd Grand master of the Teutonic order