Well, I've finally done the translation, so I read the entire file, giving me the opportunity to make a quite complete review of what you'd done. In a word, your work is... Quite incredible, I guess. Before reading this, my conception of rush gaming was quite simple : I was hiring some macemen, and smashed the enemies. In certain cases, I used horses archers (for instance, game 24, or 43), and, when I used shields, it was just to protect my macemen by combining them with my troops, not in order to some kind of "magnet arrow", as you did.
This guide is very complete, and very interesting. Your strategies are just what you say in the introduction : revolutionaries... According to the rush aspect of the game and of the Crusader Trail, of course. Indeed, according to me, finishing the Trail as fast as possible was the only challenge after having finished it many and many times. Maybe I'm repeating myself, but this Guide is extraordinary. You did things I'd never thought about before, like using slingers against Richard, or the use of your knights in the 33th, in order to prevent Richard for getting money. That's brillant, I must admit.
After having translating all your guide, I can regret some of your repetitions, and your tables. In the translation I did, I made real tables, which are more simple to read. The defaults to your guide are just about its form. It paves the way for a real challenge : winning the Trail in less than 50 years. Till that moment, I didn't think it was possible...