By Kenneth M. Setton, Norman P. Zacour, Harry W. Hazard
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Extra resources for A History of the Crusades, Volume V: The Impact of the Crusader States on the Near East
The horses of the nomadic peoples of Central Asia made possible the dramatic conquets by the Avars in the seventh century, and the Mongols in the thirteenth. The latter provide perhaps the most remarkable example of a horse-based society, capable of astonishing expansion and conquest. The horse also played a vital part in the development of the chivalric societies of Western Europe; as this book shows, mounted troops in the hands of Henry II of England made the medieval equivalent of blitzkrieg possible.
Dock; 13. Hock; 14. Point of hock; 15. Chestnut; 16. Stifle; 17. Barrel; 18. Fetlock; 19. Pastern; 20. Coronet; 21. Hoof; 22. Cannon bone; 23. Knee; 24. Forearm; 25. Shoulder Page 5 Roman ephippium, the Greek ephippion. This developed into a stuffed pad, as reference to Diocletian's Edict on Prices testifies. Specific weights of stuffed 'horse cloths' are priced according to quality. 21 No exact date can be put to the construction of the first well-designed saddle, but the Pazyryk burials yielded specimens of advanced design and flamboyant decoration.
An Arab poet, Abou Bekr ibn Bedr, wrote some verses to his own favourite warhorse Nashuan, who perished in an epidemic of epizootic disease in the Yemen in 13278: a fitting tribute not only to Nashuan but to the warhorse in general. Thou, O Nashuan, were irreproachable, and without reproach has passed away to those already gone. By thy generous nature thou hast endured every test, for endurance is the test of generosity, 1 Page 1 One Medieval Equestrian Cultures The Steppe Horsemen The ridden horse facilitated most long-range conquests.
A History of the Crusades, Volume V: The Impact of the Crusader States on the Near East by Kenneth M. Setton, Norman P. Zacour, Harry W. Hazard