History of War - - THE NORMANS -

Lances had a leaf-shaped head of iron and a wooden haft. It was usu­ally held over-arm at arm’s length, although it could be couched to give the weapon greater rigid­ity and force. In this lat­ter po­si­tion a knight could cross his lance over his horse’s neck for ex­tra bal­ance. The Bayeux Ta­pes­try also im­plies they were thrown as spears, with am­mu­ni­tion wag­ons re­plac­ing the used lances.

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