A History of Cavalry from the Earliest Times: With Lessons for the Future

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Macmillan and Company, limited, 1913 - Cavalry - 468 pages

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Page 122 - A thousand spurs are striking deep, a thousand spears in rest, A thousand knights are pressing close behind the snow-white crest ; And in they burst, and on they rushed, while, like a guiding star, Amidst the thickest carnage blazed the helmet of Navarre.
Page 130 - The barons, and knights, and men-at-arms were all now armed ; the foot-soldiers were well equipped, each bearing bow and sword ; on their heads were caps, and to their feet were bound buskins. Some had good hides which they had bound round their bodies ; and many were clad in frocks, and had quivers and bows hung to their girdles. The knights had hauberks and swords, boots of steel, and shining helmets ; shields at their necks, and in their hands lances. And all had their cognizances...
Page 131 - Great hatchets were also slung at their necks, with which they expected to strike heavy blows. "The Normans brought on the three divisions of their army to attack at different places. They set out in three companies, and in three companies did they fight. The first and second had come up, and then advanced the third, which was the greatest; with that came the Duke with his own men, and all moved boldly forward. "As soon as the two armies were in full view of each other, great noise and tumult arose....
Page 5 - And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him : and he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over all of them.
Page 132 - Normans determined to shoot their arrows upward into the air, so that they might fall on their enemies' heads, and strike their faces. The archers adopted this scheme, and shot up into the air towards the English ; and the arrows, in falling, struck their heads and faces, and put out the eyes of many ; and all feared to open their eyes, or leave their faces unguarded. " The arrows now flew thicker than rain before the wind ; fast sped the shafts that the English called
Page 313 - It is beyond doubt, that even in the French lines, the inhabitants are all informed of what passes, of course out of that line they know more; what, then, should prevent you from seizing the principal men ? Let them be sent back again without being ill-treated.
Page 131 - Gurth, his brothers, were with him; and around him he had barons enough, as he stood by his standard, which was, in truth, a noble one, sparkling with gold and precious stones. After the victory "William sent it to the pope, to prove and commemorate his great conquest and glory. The English stood in close ranks, ready and eager for the fight ; and they, moreover, made a fosse, which went across the field, guarding one side of their army.
Page 132 - ... it with his hands : and the pain to his head was so great, that he leaned upon his shield. So the English were wont to say, and still say to the French, that the arrow was well shot which was so sent up against their king ; and that the archer won them great glory, who thus put out Harold's eye.
Page 130 - And all had their cognizances, so that each might know his fellow, and Norman might not strike Norman, nor Frenchman kill his countryman by mistake. Those on foot led the way, with serried ranks, bearing their bows. The knights rode next, supporting the archers from behind. Thus both horse and foot kept their course and order of march as they began, in close ranks at a gentle pace, that the one might not pass or separate from the other.
Page 104 - Moslems returned to the battle. Their cavaliers had soon hewn their way into the centre of the Christian host. But many of the Moslems were fearful for the safety of the spoil which they had stored in their tents, and a false cry arose in their ranks that some of the enemy were plundering the camp : whereupon several squadrons of the Moslem horsemen rode off to protect their tents. But it seemed as if they fled ; and all the host was troubled. And while Abderrahman strove to check their tumult, and...

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