The New Knights

The New Knights

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The New Knights

The Development of Cavalry in Western Europe, 1562-1700




Author:Frederic Chauvire
Format:Softcover
Dimensions:7.1" x 9.8"
Pages:242
Photos:85 b/w illustrations, 7 b/w maps, 5 diagrams
Publisher:Helion and Company
ISBN:9781913336486
Item No. 9781913336486



From the middle of the 16th century to the early years of the 18th century, cavalry experienced significant changes in doctrine, deployment, and the equipment it used. The Men-at-Arms, carrying lances and arranged in large formations, were replaced by more lightly-armed cavalrymen fighting with swords and pistols in new and more flexible tactical formations. These transformations have often been interpreted as a symbol of decline in the cavalry, an archaic arm, a conservator of chivalric values, incapable of adapting to the new transformations in the art of war. This book aims to deconstruct this simplifying vision by focusing on an analysis of what constitutes the principal combat action of heavy cavalry: the charge. While centered on France, this study refers to the whole of Europe. The battlefields of the French Wars of Religion to the War of the Spanish Succession are examined in detail, along with the types of cavalry, their equipment and how they performed on the battlefield.