The Great Stirrup Controversy: Why some believe this simple device revolutionized mounted warfare and led to feudalism

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“The plate armoured, faceless horseman,symbol of aristocratic wealth and power, charged knee to knee, with lance couched, galloping in a thundering unwavering wall of steel-clad men and horses, crashing through the enemy lines by force of impact.” This, according to some historians, is what the simple stirrup did for medieval mounted warfare. Continue reading

Did the introduction of the simple stirrup really revolutionize mounted warfare?

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It’s a Medieval mystery that dates back 1700 years, spans two continents and culminates in some of the most famous battles in history. Whether the utilitarian stirrup can be credited with turning man and horse into a single fighting unit “capable of violence without precedent” has been sparking debate among historians for more than a century.
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