Cataphracts: Knights of the Ancient Eastern Empires by Erich B Anderson PDF

By Erich B Anderson

Cataphracts have been the main seriously armored type of cavalry within the historical global, with riders and mounts either clad in heavy armor. Originating one of the wealthiest nobles of assorted important Asian steppe tribes, reminiscent of the Massegatae and Scythians, they have been followed and tailored through numerous significant empires. The Achaemenid Persians, Seleucids, Sassanians and finally the Romans and their Byzantine successors.

Usually armed with lengthy lances, they harnessed the mobility and mass of the pony to the sturdiness and reliable battling energy of the spear-armed phalanx. even though very dear to equip and preserve (not least end result of the want for a provide of appropriate horses), they have been strength conflict winners and remained in use for lots of centuries. Erich B Anderson assesses the advance, gear, strategies and wrestle checklist of cataphracts (and the same clibinarii), displaying additionally how enemies sought to counter them. it is a important examine of 1 of the main attention-grabbing weapon structures of the traditional world.

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