Armies Of The Caliphates 862-1098 by David Nicolle, Graham Turner

By David Nicolle, Graham Turner

A few historians divide background into classes ruled via one civilisation. Greece, Rome, India, China, Western Europe and North the USA have all had their second within the sunlight, yet from the eighth to eleventh centuries the Islamic international led the best way. With a variety of illustrations and images, together with 8 appealing complete web page color plates via Graham Turner, this necessary addition to Osprey's Men-at-Arms sequence by means of David Nicolle examines the recruitment, service provider, weaponry, gown and uniforms of the armies of the Caliphates from 862-1098.

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His leg harness is similarly complete and includes sabatons made of numerous narrow lames across the feet plus fluted toe-caps, with leather shoes worn inside. The dark leather sword belt passes twice around the body; this would stop it slipping, and also enabled the scabbard to be attached at two alternative points depending on whether the man was on foot or on horseback. The scabbard itself has a pair of soft leather sleeves beneath the leather loop straps which connect to the belt. The sword has a long grip, a remarkably small iron pommel, and S-shaped flattened iron quillons.

The gilded rowel spurs have coloured leather straps with gilded buckles. The cloth caparison covering the body and neck of the horse is purely decorative and contains no protective layers; beneath the head part there is, however, a hardened leather chamfron. B/C6: German mercenary infantryman Compared with his Danish employers, this German professional soldier is equipped in the latest style for close combat. A bulbous form of chapel-de-fer is worn over a small iron bascinet with a mail aventail attached by vervelles.

The scabbard is hung from coloured cord loops; the sword has a leather-covered grip, gilded pommel and quillons, and a leather rain flap from the grip which covers the top of the scabbard. Hidden by the hauberk are cloth-covered, scalelined cuisses with gilded rivets; below these are mail chausses covered by iron poleyns, iron greaves over the fronts of his legs, and iron sabatons with gilded rowel spurs. Despite his rather magnificent attire, the royal representative has today been obliged to ride a small Icelandic pony with undecorated harness.

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