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Man and Horse Four Thousand Years of the Mounted Warrior by Andrew Sinclair

Man and Horse Four Thousand Years of the Mounted Warrior


Man and Horse Four Thousand Years of the Mounted Warrior by Andrew Sinclair

Man and Horse is a magisterial history of the mounted warrior and the relationship with his steed. Andrew Sinclair takes as his inspiration Walter Prescott Webb's seminal work, The Great Plains. The horse until very recently has been the decisive factor in determining military success. Great exponents of the art of equestrian warfare include, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, King Arthur, Saladin, the Knights of the Templar, the Reivers of the Scottish Borders, the Mongols, North American Indians, the Confederate forces during the American Civil War and the Boers. Sinclair also explores the uses of the horse by highwaymen and figures such as Ned Kelly. Andrew Sinclair brilliantly shows that the art of warfare from horseback with its culture of mobility has always been at conflict with the urban domesticated culture. This tension has created much of the great art and culture of humankind. This is a hugely ambitious and exhilarating book that cannot fail to enthral and stimulate.

About the Author

Andrew Sinclair directed the film Under Milk Wood starring Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton and he has written biographies of Che Guevara and Francis Bacon. His history of the Grail legends has just been published. He is spearheading a large public project to create a Reivers' Trail from Carlisle to Edinburgh.

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Book Info

Publication date

14th July 2008


Andrew Sinclair

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The History Press Ltd


256 pages


Land forces & warfare
Military history



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