- Gebundene Ausgabe: 363 Seiten
- Verlag: Hambledon Pr; Auflage: First Edition (9. November 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9781852853747
- ISBN-13: 978-1852853747
- ASIN: 1852853743
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,9 x 3,2 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.078.050 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Warhorse: Cavalry in the Ancient World (Englisch) Gebundenes Buch – 9. November 2006
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'Imaginative and thorough, this book takes a detailed look at an often neglected aspect of Greek and Roman warfare. It is particularly good at laying to rest the surprisingly persistent myth about the central role of the stirrup in making effective shock cavalry possible.'--Adrian Goldsworthy Author of Caesar and The Complete Roman Army "Sidnell has produced a highly readable study of the combat role of cavalry in the ancient world... argues his point in an imaginative, thorough fashion... this book will appeal to a wide range of readers. Summing up: Highly recommended."- R.I. Curtis, Choice, "June 2007--Sanford Lakoff 'Sidnell has produced a highly readable study of the combat role of cavalry in the ancient world.' 'Sidnell persuasively argues his points in an imaginative, thorough fashion. Illustrated with 14 excellent photographs and drawrings (seven in colour) and a helpful glossary.. this book will appeal to a wide range of readers.' 'Highly recommended' - R.I. Curtis, Choice--Sanford Lakoff "CHOICE " "Sidnell traces the history of the horse in battle from the earliest recorded times to the battle of Hastings, analyzing the impact of cavalry on battle."--Sanford Lakoff 'Wonderful book, you have a very clear and quick-paced writing style. It should become a classic.' He is US defense intelligence analyst as well as author and editor of many books, including" Alexander: The Invincible King of Macedonia."--Sanford Lakoff
In the ancient world, cavalry was an important part of almost all armies, for scouting and pursuit but above all for its shock role in the charge. Its role has often been undervalued because of the attention paid to the foot soldiers of the Greek phalanxes and Roman legions, but there is no doubting its significance. Warhorse is a complete account of the use of cavalry in ancient warfare, from its training and formations to its actual use in battle, whether to carry archers or to press home the attack. Philip Sidnell traces the earliest use of horses for warfare and the evolution of chariots. He shows how cavalry tactics changed over the years, but also how they retained long-term characteristics, from the days of the Pharaohs to the end of the ancient world and beyond. Tactics employed by Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar would have been recognisable at Hastings.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Well! So many improvements to make...why did I gave a 5/5 stars rating??? Because this was one of the best "rides" through ancient history I had the pleasure to "read".
The main purpose of this work is to put an end to several theories like ancient cavalry without stirrups couldn't provide shock action or the stirrup generated feudalism. In this the author succeeds brilliantly. He describes meticulously, and always refering the sources, inumerous engagements and logical reasoning wich shows that, even without saddles, cavalry could provide good shock action (just to state the obvious: Alexanders Companions, Caesars German Cavalry, etc).
In this book you will find:
- Where were the beginnings of cavalry?
- Why settled civilizations used the chariot instead of true cavalry?
- Strenghts and weaknesses of the Chariot.
- How could greek/Macedonian cavalry manage to make a frontal charge to phalanxes? In wich conditions it was possible? When did it happened?
- Why Macedonian Cavalry declined?
- Why was it difficult to use a shield without saddle or stirrup?
- Early Republican Roman Cavalry was much better then usually credited. See why.
- The stirrup was a great invention, but definitively not ground shacking, world moving, socialy revolutionary, it provided lateral stability, easied the mounting, made riding more confortable, but wasn't essential in the shock action. Do you know where it appeared? And how it spread?
- And many other questions will be answered if you read this extraordinary book.
Obviously the author loves horses and cavalry, and some of his opinions border the biased (but never crosses that border). He also knows a lot about Horse psychology and the practical aspects of riding.
This was a work surely needed, ancient cavalry has it's paladin...now we need authors for heavy infantry, light infantry, chariots, etc, that really digs deep into all sources related to those themes like Sidnell did to ancient cavalry.
P.S. Although this book has lots of notes, the Bibliography was forgotten.
So this book was badly needed. Sidnell collects together and critically reviews everything known about ancient cavalry in the Near East and Europe, from Asurnasipal II to William the Conqueror. No detail is too small. Do you want to know how the xyston differed from the kontos and how they were wielded in battle? It's clearly explained here. Out of touch with the cataphractus vs. clibinarius debate? The latest views are neatly summarized.
The evidence shows that the cavalry charge was a common battle tactic in most ancient cultures, and was often decisive even when the horsemen were riding on nothing more substantial than a blanket. As in many other areas, the ancients could do things we moderns think are impossible because we don't need to attempt them.
The only thing missing here is a short section on the care, feeding, and training of warhorses. The author and his horsey friends probably know this, but most 21st-century readers will have had less contact with horses than with exotic zoo animals.
As an author who has written about light horse cavalry tactics in the Bronze Age, I refused to believe the stories about horses being too small, riders too precarious to control their mounts in battle, etc.
Now thanks to Mr. Sidnell and his experiments and research, my hero can continue to sit comfortably on his horse, and fight against the enemies of civilization!
Author of: Dawn of Empire
& Empire Rising