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The United service magazine (v. 60)


The United service magazine (v. 60)

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    Arthur William Alsager Pollock
Excerpt from book: mane to the saddle. Beneath this was the poitrail, piciere, poitrinail. or breast plate: not as now a mere strap, but a hroad plate of steel or leather fashioned to the breast and shoulders of the horse, and not unfrequeutly rising high up before the saddle, so as to cover the rider's knees and seat: when it was called a poitrail ii haul Lord. On the sides were jlancieres which joined the breast plate to the croup of the horse, named the buttockpiece or croupiere. Whole suits of horse armour are figured in the triumphs of Maximilian, in the Teurdank, and Weisz Kunig, but the most magnificent example occurs in the siege of Tunis, where the Emperor Charles V. is represented in the armour both himself and horse wore in the action against the Moors. Several real specimens occur in the Tower, and at Goodrich Court, and there is one of ribbed steel preserved in the Arsenal of Berne. Steel poitrails commonly have 011 each side a large convex boss, to fend off an opponent and prevent the riders being locked by the stirrups. In all jousts and tilting, the knights had upon their horses' necks, collars of large bells, such as carrier and waggon horses still have. These served more particularly to guide the riders by the ear, for tilting helmets precluded them from seeing with ease, and the horses were likewise blinded by their chanfreins, therefore the sound of their opponents' bells, and of their own running valets within the lists was important to them, We have now carried the inquiry to the utmost limit the subject will admit, and we would gladly enter upon some details concerning the harnessing of the ancients in their chariot races and war chariots, but that they may perhaps better form the subject of a future communication. REMARKS ON THE AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE AND EMIGRATION. B...  
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