Question by rap1zip1: Why failed to medieval infantry strike cavalry with lengthy pike? Why was cavalry so strong?
Given that the Charles Martel’s Battle of Tours (7th Century) to 15th Century, the strongest medieval military power was cavalry. But I do not realize this. As depicted in the Braveheart movie (I know it’s above-simplified, but the position is there), infantry (foot troopers) can strike horse with extremely long pikes simply (considerably lengthier than knight’s pike). This is not a rocket science. Then, why wasn’t every infantry attempt the very same??
======( Pike Square tactics was not invented right up until the Battle of Nancy in opposition to Charles the Daring of Burgundy in 1477, when the Swiss infantry defeated the cavalry power.)
Answer by jefferson
I know it sounds simple, I always thought the same issue. I usually imagined “why dont they just shoot the troopers or horses with arrows when they come close.”
As it turns out possessing several hundred horses thundering down on you truly alterations your head. As it turns out the cavalry was like the tanks of right now, extremely hard to stand up to.
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