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  1. The new knights : the development of cavalry in Western Europe, 1562-1700

    Chauviré, Frédéric
    Warwick, England : Helion & Company, 2021

    "From the middle of the 16th century to the early years of the 18th century, cavalry experienced significant changes in doctrine, deployment, and the equipment it used. The Men-at-Arms, carrying lances and arranged in large formations, were replaced by more lightly-armed cavalrymen fighting with swords and pistols in new and more flexible tactical formations. These transformations have often been interpreted as a symbol of decline in the cavalry, an archaic arm, a conservator of chivalric values, incapable of adapting to the new transformations in the art of war. This book aims to deconstruct this simplifying vision by focusing on an analysis of what constitutes the principal combat action of heavy cavalry: the charge. Whilst centred on France this study refers to the whole of Europe. The battlefields of the French Wars of Religion to the War of the Spanish Succession are examined in detail, along with the types of cavalry, their equipment and how they performed on the battlefield" -- Provided by publisher

  2. L'âge d'or de la cavalerie

    [Paris] : Gallimard : Ministère de la défense, c2015.

    "Du Moyen Âge au XXe siècle, d'Azincourt à Reichshoffen en passant par Marignan, Rocroi ou Eylau, du crépuscule de la chevalerie à l'épreuve des guerres industrielles, l'histoire de la cavalerie française a le souffle de l'épopée. Lanciers, cuirassiers ou hussards font figure d'archétypes du guerrier tandis que l'imaginaire de la charge héroïque nourrit le mythe de la cavalerie, essence même de la guerre et des valeurs nobiliaires et militaires. Cette histoire, qui offre un éclairage neuf sur les évolutions des pratiques de la guerre, ne peut se comprendre sans en étudier les dimensions techniques, logistiques, économiques, mais aussi sociales, culturelles et politiques. Au-delà de son organisation et de ses modes d'action, la cavalerie se révèle un passionnant objet d'histoire totale, que le riche patrimoine archivistique et muséographique du ministère de la Défense permet de saisir dans toute sa complexité. C'est le propos de cet ouvrage, qui invite à entrer, sabre au clair, au coeur de la mêlée pour appréhender l'expérience vécue par le cavalier bravant le feu, le fer et le choc."--P. [4] of cover.

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