Tagged: Nine Years War
08/10/2019 at 11:00 #124013
I had a look at cavalry fights in the Nine Years War and found two where we know what the individuals concerned did. I hope you find both incidents as interesting as I did.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/09/10/2019 at 23:29 #124126
Call me a wimp if you will (everyone else does) but whilst I appreciate getting close enough to make sure the shot hits your enemy, being close enough to let him hit you in the head with his spear in return seems a tad too close for comfort – especially considering the result for St Leger.
Leaders earned their status back then I guess.10/10/2019 at 00:04 #124129
My very thought Guy. It would seem that cavalry fighting got a lot more deadly. For the Irish they had to get close enough to risk a deadly wound to have any hope of killing their enemy. For the English they had to let their enemy get close to kill them before firing. I’d imagine a lot of fellows found it expedient to shoot or throw a dart or two at a safe(ish) distance. Leaders couldn’t do that. It does make you think.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/11/10/2019 at 16:01 #124263
“..darts, which they cast with a wonderful facility and nearness, a weapon more noisome to the enemy, especially horsemen, than it is deadly”
I wonder if the feathers on the darts (see your illustration on your previous thread) is being referred to here, as fletched weapons would usually produce a noise (eg the English medieval “arrow-storm”)?11/10/2019 at 18:08 #124272
It could be but ‘noisome’ means annoying rather than noisy in the context of the quote. The view is that darts would produce non lethal wounds rather than deadly ones. Mind you Captain Fuller would disagree he was killed by one at the Battle of the Ford of Biscuits.
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