Freya examines the importance of the stirrup in mounted warfare, from the domestication of the horse around 4600BC to the rise of the medieval knight and the French couched lance. She also looks at The Great Stirrup Controversy, which discusses whether the stirrup contributed to the rise of feudalism.
If you're interested in reading more about the development of cavalry in Europe, this Osprey book is a useful guide to the period. Click on the cover to go to Osprey's site.
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