Monday 22 April 2013

12th Century tactics - Attack by Mounted knights

Warfare in the 12th century was dominated by armoured knights on horseback. If they delivered a well co-ordinated charge at the right moment they could smash apart an enemy infantry formation and win a battle. But if the charge was poorly executed they could suffer heavy losses. The following images show an idealised cavalry charge.

The images are from The Battle of Lincoln by Rupert Matthews
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Product Description

A book dedicated to the Battle of Lincoln that marked a turning point in the Wars of Anarchy during the reign of King Stephen.
A civil war between King Stephen and his rival Empress Matilda broke out in 1136. By 1141 England had fallen in to anarchy with nobles using the unrest to pursue local feuds, slaughter rivals and pillage each other’s land. In 1141 Stephen moved to capture Lincoln Castle and put down one such recalcitrant nobleman. While there he was surprised and attacked by a larger army loyal to Matilda. The ensuing battle was complex and confused, but it ended with Stephen utterly defeated - for now.
The reasons for and course of the war in question are outlined, then detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies are given with particular reference to this battle. The course of the battle is then followed, short biographies of the commanders are also given. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described.

Chapter 1 When God and his Angels slept
Chapter 2 Leaders at Lincoln
Chapter 3 Men, Weapons and Tactics
Chapter 4 The Battle of Lincoln
Chapter 5 Aftermath




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