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Re: [sig] Re: Russian Cavalry 1240-1450

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  • RODGER WILLIAMS
    Thanks. This backs up information I found in The Lay of Igor. Much appreciated. Cheers Rodge ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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      Thanks.
      This backs up information I found in The Lay of Igor.
      Much appreciated.
      Cheers
      Rodge
      On 9 February 2010 19:38, rickjs <orlirva@...> wrote:

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      >
      > 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 sig@yahoogroups.com <sig%40yahoogroups.com>, "rodger1uk" <rodger.w@...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > 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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