Reenactment Event at Corbridge Late Roman Cavalry
Corbridge, 2nd June 2002
The horses galloped, bits of turf flew about and the speed was amazing !
Two horsemen held a display concerning the 'late Roman cavalry/horsemen of King Arthur'.
It was without a shadow of a doubt a thrilling finale to a day of all kinds of reenactments at Corbridge.
Equipped with all the trimmings, two cavalrymen dazzled the crowd with their display.
Not for the faint-hearted...
Charging around a relatively confined space - on wet ground - the two riders showed off their sword fighting skills.
A demonstration of the versatile use of cavalry in the late Roman empire. Horse-archery and - a bit of speculation on part of the reenactors - a long lance which is said to have been used by the Greeks in earlier ages and which they thought might have been utilized by late Roman cavalry.
Note the horn on the saddle. With two of those in front of him and two behind him, the rider is able to stay firmly atop his horse, even without stirrups (an invention which hadn't arrived yet in Europe). However it was also pointed out that there is no direct evidence to support the theory that these horns were indeed meant to keep riders in their saddles. It may well be that the original saddle-piece which was found by archaeologists and hence led to this conclusion might indeed have been part of an ancient pack-saddle, meant to fasten loads onto pack-horses or mules with.
If in doubt, slaughter the audience....
After the show, one of the riders demonstrates to interested onlookers the use of the long cavalry sword, the spatha.