Stirrup and Lance

Guttman, Jon
September 2007
Military History;Sep2007, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p23
The article presents a brief history of the stirrup and the lance, a combination that made the medieval knight. While Asian riders took advantage of the stirrup to perfect the art of mounted archery, Europeans used it to evolve a new form of shock cavalry by switching from the spear to the lance. Instead of thrusting a spear with an overhand motion, the European rider, couched his lance under his arm to charge an opponent with the speed and weight of the horse behind him.


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