Re: [sig] Re: Russian Cavalry 1240-1450
This backs up information I found in The Lay of Igor.
On 9 February 2010 19:38, rickjs <orlirva@...> wrote:
> The easy answer to both is YES. The mid-early Rus heavy cavalry, including
> western such as of smolensk and kiew and Poland, looks much like mongol
> heavy cavalry, with horse armor and of course the bow as either a main or
> secondary weapon. Ignore any picture you may see that looks like a mounted
> viking... probabally a fantasy - although most very early rus (pre 1100) was
> not cavalry but boat-oriented, and almost never tried to control the steppe.
> I have heard arguments that
> Horse armor seemed to be more important to those armies facing a bow-armed
> cavalry enemy, since lots of arrows raining down tended to fall on large
> targets, like horses, but the armor did not have to be extra heavy against
> indirect arrow fire. Horse archers seldom tried to kill enemy horses on
> purpose with close-range aimed fire, since they hoped to capture the
> valuable things. Infantry spearmen liked to kill horses just fine, but it
> was hard to defend against spears with light armor, so armor was not usually
> intened for that purpose.
> http://www.kismeta.com/diGrasse/ByzInfantryImages.htm has some pictures of
> 13th C. rus cavalry, if you pick through.
> --- In email@example.com <sig%40yahoogroups.com>, "rodger1uk" <rodger.w@...>
> > Hi,
> > New member.
> > I am new to Russian Medieval History; I have a number of books (and more
> on the way) but could anyone offer views on these points please:
> > Did any Russian Heavy Cavalry of the various Principalities between
> 1240-1450 use any form of horse protection (quilted, lamellar etc)?
> > Did any Russian Heavy Cavalry use the bow (I have read and heard many
> conflicting views on this).
> > Cheers
> > Rodge
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