This depiction of a knight on horseback might show a courser.
courser is a swift and strong horse, frequently used during the Middle Ages as a warhorse. It was ridden by knights and men-at-arms.
Coursers are commonly believed to be named for their running gait,
(from Old French [1 ] cours, 'to run' ). However, the word possibly derived from the Italian [2 ] corsiero, meaning 'battle horse'. [3 ]
Coursers in warfare [ edit ]
The courser was more common than the
destrier, and preferred for hard [4 ] battle as they were light, fast and strong. They were valuable horses, but less expensive than the highly prized destrier. [1 ] Another horse commonly ridden during war was the [5 ] rouncey, which was an all-purpose horse.
Other uses [ edit ]
Coursers were also used occasionally for
hunting. [3 ]
See also [ edit ]
Notes and references [ edit ]
^ a b Oakeshott, Ewart. A Knight and his Horse, Rev. 2nd Ed. USA:Dufour Editions, 1998
^ Oxford English Dictionary, 10th Ed, 1999
^ a b Hyland, Ann. The Warhorse 1250-1600, UK: Sutton Publishing, 1998
^ Prestwich, Michael. Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996,
^ Gravett, Christopher. English Medieval Knight 1300-1400, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2002, p 59