Introduction /Background - tactical impact of fall of Western Roman Empire /Barbarian tactics - cavalry survives as ultimate reserve and battle-decider -the new stirrups and saddles - battle of Lech, 955 /Carolingians and Normans - a revival of cavalry and mounted infantry - development of new armour and tactics - Hastings 1066 /Combination of cavalry and infantry tactics - importance of northern Italian militia armies - Legnano 1176 /'The Knight Dominant' - cavalry vs. cavalry tactics - successes and failures analysed
Explores the development of cavalry tactics throughout the medieval period, exploding myths and highlighting both successes and failures on the battlefield.
Born in 1944, David Nicolle worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on the Aztecs, the Greeks, several 19th-century American subjects, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.