scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 962
The Normans were something new to all the native peoples of Britain in the second half of the 11th century and their style of warfare was different in many respects The elite of the Norman armies were the knights fighting from horseback The open plains of northern France were ideal for horses and the use of cavalry had a long tradition in France The Franks themselves were expert cavalrymen and the Viking settlers of Normandy would have needed little persuasion to adopt the same tactics in their defense This was a new and disturbing phenomenon in Britain The Anglo-Saxons had no experience facing the armored shock of a cavalry charge Which in favorable terrain could be unstoppable Mounted knights added a new variable to the battlefield and after the battle of Hastings warfare in Britain changed forever There were basically three main sections to the invading forces The Calvary these elite troops were the best protected of all They would wear a haurberk made of chain mail over a leather undergarment Usually split from the Waste to below the knee for easy mounting and dismounting It sometimes would be extended to cover the neck and head on which would be placed a conical metal helmet with a nasal guard A slit would be cut in the left side to hold the sword scabbard His shield would have been circular but more commonly kite shaped and held behind him on a leather thong when riding It would be made of wood with reinforcing pieces of metal around the perimeter to absorb blows It was almost certain to have had his coat of arms on it The horses were thought to be only stallions but were not large Protection of the horse does not seem to have been of prime importance The riding style was of an upright nature with straight legs slightly angled forward to avoid being thrown off in a charge Foot soldiers would be
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA