In the twilight of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th o6th centuries, the elite of the field armies was the heavy armoured cavalry o the cataphracts, clad in lamellar, scale, mail and padded fabric armour. After the fall of the West, the Greek-speaking Eastern or Byzantine Empire survived for nearly a thousand years, and cavalry remained predominant in its armies, with the heaviest armoured regiments continuing to provide the ultimate shock-force in battle.
Accounts from Muslim chroniclers show that the ironclad cataphract on his armoured horse was an awe- iinspiring enemy- '...they advanced against you, iron i-covered o one would have said that they advanced on horses which seemed to have no legs'. This new study, replete with stunning full-colour illustrations of the various units, offers an engaging insight into the fearsome heavy cavalry units that battled against the enemies of Rome's Eastern Empire.
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 03 / 2021
- 184 x 248mm