Carolingian Cavalryman AD 768–987

Carolingian Cavalryman AD 768–987 cover

Carolingian Cavalryman AD 768–987

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The army of Charlemagne and his successors enabled the western Franks to recreate what contemporaries regarded as a 'reborn' western Roman empire. Frankish society was well prepared for war, with outstanding communications drawing together the disparate regions of a large empire. The role of mounted troops, the essential striking force of the Frankish army, is explored here. Alongside it was the impact that new technology, such as stirrups, had on warfare in this period. Illuminating a much-neglected area of history, this book shows how the role of cavalry grew in prestige, as the Carolingian armoured horseman gave way to the knight of the early 10th century.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Social Origins & Recruitment · Training & Education · Everyday Life · Dress & Military Equipment · Motivation & Morale · On Campaign · The Warrior in Battle · Colour Plate Commentaries · Collections & Significant Historical Locations · Further Reading · Glossary · Index

Product details

Published 20 Mar 2005
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841766454
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 38 b/w; 13 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 96
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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David Nicolle

David Nicolle is Visiting Research Fellow at the I…


Wayne Reynolds


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