Analysis Of The Book ' The '

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Selection 3: Page 199 – Book Six
Concerning this tragedy, however, the sober mind can comfort itself with the solace that this and earlier examples of their valor will live on in the world and that their death, whereby their errors were swept away through the fervent faith, has won the martyr’s crown. They fought, and, that no one of them should die without retaliating, each made a pile of corpses around himself; but, even so, the number of assailants did not diminish, for it was recruited from the horde. The Turks killed the horses, which, tough not able to gallop, were nevertheless of value in carrying the heavy armor, and the mail-clad Franks, now on foot, were overwhelmed among the thick-pressing enemy as if they were drowned in the sea; they were separated one from another, spilling the vitals from their defenseless bodies. During this engagement the king lost his small but renowned royal guard keeping a stout heart, however, he nimbly and bravely scaled a rock by making use of some tree roots which God had provided for his safety.

There is substantial stock put in horses by western knights. Not only do they provide a tactical advantage on the battlefield but they are also major status symbols. During the First Crusade, the heavy horses proved to be a decisive advantage, routing rival Muslim armies with heavy charges. By the beginning of the Second Crusade, the Turkish leaders have seen this tactic and are adjusting to it. As Odo describes, the Turks are targeting

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