The main chamber had been transformed into a centralized location for rallying warriors, supplies, and war planning.
This gave them not merely greater steadiness, but, what was far more important, the power of rallying and reforming for a second effort.
A huge car drawn by oxen, bearing the standard of the burgh, and carrying an altar with the host, this carroccio, like the ark of the Israelites, formed a rallying point in battle, and reminded the armed artisans that they had a city and a church to fight for.
His first achievement was the rallying of Cornwall to the royal cause, his next to carry the war from that county into Devonshire.
In battle the carroccio was surrounded by the bravest warriors in the army and it served both as a rallying-point and as the palladium of the city's honour; its capture by the enemy was regarded as an irretrievable defeat and humiliation.