A History of the Art of War: The Middle Ages from the Fourth by Charles Oman

By Charles Oman

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If attacked from a vulnerability distance by light troops, they unable to reach The battle men who were also at a disadvantage, as retired before them. of Hastings, the great mediaeval fight of first which we have an account clear enough to give us an insight into the causes of its result, was the final trial of this form of military Backed by the disorderly masses of the fyrd, and efficiency. by the thegns of the home counties, the house -carles of King 1 See in the * Roman de Rou, ii. 262 Hoem ki od hache volt ferir, Od sez dous mainz 1'estuet tenir.

It THE BYZANTINES AND THEIR ENEMIES. would appear that Maurice had intended to break 41 down the barrier, which had been interposed in the fourth century, between the class which paid the taxes and that which recruited Roman ' We ' wish/ he writes, that every young of free condition should learn the use of the bow, and the national army. ' towards the introduction of universal military service, the design was never carried any further. Three hundred years later Leo found echoing the same words, as a pious wish rather than as is The rank and a practical expedient.

French gave way as the line advanced at the charge at the next moment the battalion was furiously assailed by a regiment of cuirassiers, who, taking it in flank, fairly rolled it up. ' (Siborne's History of the Waterloo ; Campaign, ii. pp. ) THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES. 476- the knights were forcing their way among the disordered ranks of the broken army, but for three hours longer among them, the fight went on. increase the and, as evening The the slain the day : was hopelessly lost, army were the few survivors of the English fell, glad to be able to ness.

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