We have been so dazzled by mounted knights that we naturally have believed that they were, of course, the undesputed kings of the battle field, but I belive the opposite is true. In the age from 500AD to 1400AD the infantry arm (including archers, crossbowmen, bill men, etc right up to arquebusiers) won battle after battle. Movies like Braveheart tell us the same thing, when the knights show up, you run. "Until you build spears, larger than a man!" "If you build them they will die."
Battles like Agincourt, Crecy, Stirling, kephissos, Courtrai, Dupplin Moor, Bannockburn to name a few. Have historiians and general readers been so decieved by the color and grandier of the chivilous arts?
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