Osprey Warrior 1 : Norman Knight 950-1204 AD
Throughout the 11th and 12th centuries the Norman knight was possibly the most feared warrior in Western Europe. He was descended originally from the Vikings who had settled in Northern France under their leader Rollo in or around 911 at the behest of Charles the Simple and throughout the following centuries they remembered and built on their warlike reputation. Their military prowess was renowned throughout the known world and resulted in Normans conquering Sicily in 1060 and England in 1066, as will as participating in many important battles in Italy and playing a major part in the First Crusade. Such was the ferociousness of their charge that Anna Comnena spoke of a knight of the First Crusade as being able to punch a hole in the walls of Byzantine. Christopher Gravett presents a detailed study of these skilled and fearsome warriors. He traces the development of their equipment and tactics from the mid-10th century until 1204, when Normandy was finally conquered by the French king Philip Augustus. The knight's equipment, appearance and weapons in different periods are studied at length and the author even explains how many weapons and pieces of armour were made and repaired, showing how advances in technology affected the knight's appearance. Changes in tactics are also investigated: particular detail is given to the study of the development of the Norman's most famous tactic - the charge with couched lance. Finally there is a look at what motivated Norman knights and examining possibly the most famous of their number, Bohemond, ruler of Antioch. A book which comprehensively brings to life the warriors who had such influence on Europe's history. Illustrations by Christa Hook.
- Historical Background
- Appearance and Equipment
- Construction and Repair
- Typical Engagements