Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (Penguin Classics) by Henry Adams

By Henry Adams

Mont Saint Michel and Chartres is a checklist no longer of a literal trip yet of a meditative trip throughout time and house into the medieval mind's eye. utilizing the structure, sculpture, and stained glass of the 2 locales as a place to begin, Adams breathes lifestyles into what others may possibly see basically as monuments of a earlier civilization. With bold and artistic conceits, Adams appears to be like on the traditional humans, areas, and occasions within the context of the social conventions and platforms of proposal and trust of the 13th century turning the learn of background right into a form of theater.

As Raymond Carney discusses in his creation, Adams' freedom from the eu traditions of research lends an exuberance—and puckish wit—to his writings.

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Armour and horses were frequently provided by the king or ecclesiastical and lay landowners. They were armed and trained to fight at close quarters with spears and swords. Equipment was worth more than numbers: fifty men were decisive at Lenzen (929) against Slavs possessing few horsemen; one hundred defeated a rebel Saxon and Lotharingian host at Birten (939). Success over Slavs and Magyars, and greater control of the duchies, increased the numbers available. Widukind employs the term 'legion' loosely to describe the units in German hosts, none numbering more than a few hundred cavalry.

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The highest point, left of his centre, was where Harold raised his banner of the dragon standard. However, there was not room enough for all his men. Although the battle would take place when William wanted it to, the ground favoured the English. William's army formed three divisions in the valley below, each of three lines: in the front, archers, next heavy cavalry, last cavalry. In the centre stood William and the Normans, his Breton allies on the left, and other French contingents on the right.

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