From: Benedict Adamson <yahoo_at__jvxchVXsN4yRQQ6Ar9bziLdsurCxsEGRX7aP2xvsxjg18RzNVNDOUegkpRfJm6Jp63iRK>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2008 21:00:10 +0100

Jeff Richard wrote:
> The Great Stirrup Controversy raises its head once again. It just
> depends on what kind of cavalry charges you want. Macedonian
> companion cavalry, Clibanarii and Cataphracts all are described in
> primary sources as making lance charges (although probably not couched
> lance charges) without stirrups.


Carmanians as cataphracti seems right. I find it hard to believe that a people who knew of the stirrup would forget it. So by extension, Imperial Age westerners might not have had stirrups.            

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