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By A.V.B. Norman, Don Pottinger

"The topic used to be divided into 9 chronological classes, starting with the Anglo-Saxons, through the Normans, after which by means of unmarried chapters on all of the 4 centuries, twelfth to fifteenth, with the final 3 chapters on 3 half-centuries from 1500 to 1660. inside each one of those 9 chapters, the fabric is sub-divided into 4 elements focused on army association; palms and armour; strategies and method; and, ultimately, castles and cannon. every one paragraph or web page is marked by means of a suitable image to point which of: those 4 themes is being mentioned at that time, in order that the reader, if he needs, may perhaps learn a short heritage of strategies from 449 to 1660 by means of studying basically the passages within the 9 chapters marked through the logo "T". to aid this there are, as well as the normal desk of contents, 4 different tables of contents giving the pages for every of the 4 subject matters. The plan may well sound really synthetic, however it is unusually winning, aided, because it is, via the various small yet transparent illustrations in colors." from Carroll Quigley

Some of the guns incorporated are: sword, longbow, halberd, pike, battering ram, catapult, cannon, and the brass feathered gun arrow. The ebook additionally contains very important battles, tournaments, jousts, Renaissance pageantry, the carousel (the fixed ballet), and the evolution of armor - each one vividly portrayed in phrases and pictures.

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This use of the spear -probably developed be- cause, more must be taught to manoeuvre toa body, and this cannot be done hurriedly at the begincampaign. Thus we find that, unlike the Saxons, who, due to the introduction of the stirrup, the rider sat firmly in the saddle. Cavalry gether as ning of a with the exception of the housecarles, served only in time of war, 29 f The Invaders Alternative methods of using lances Normans were called out in time of peace also. The sword used by the Normans was similar the to that of the Danes but usually had a rather longer, straighter guard above the hand, and the tea-cosy-shaped pommel was longer and more like a Brazil nut in form.

Of battle, the same divisions On 'battles' : the van- reaching the field were usually drawn up in a long line, sometimes with one division behind the other two as a reserve. Occasionally the three divisions were drawn up in lines one behind 39 T Chivalry Norman Army was the other. At Hastings the apparently in one long line with the archers and infantry in front of the cavalry. the other hand, many continental On armies consisted almost entirely of cavalry, and they sometimes attacked in waves, the following divisions attacking as soon as the one in front had spent its force.

The helmet was worn alone or over the mail hood. That of St Wenceslaus of Bohemia (Good King Wenceslaus of the survived. The conical steel skull is made with a separate bar to protect the nose is in carol) has one piece, and a rim riveted on and inlaid with Some nose-guards must have been quite wide, since we are told that at Hastings Duke William had to raise his helmet so that his men could recognise him when the cry went up that he had fallen. Some helmets of this type had a similar guard a crucifix in silver.

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