This work is also inspired by Byzantine cavalry,but this time it is the"Klibanaphoroi"cavalry unit.They were a kind of very heavily armoured horseman.This troops were slow compared to other cavalry,but their effect on the battlefield was devastating.
Muslims of Sicily served as superb archers under the Normans and went to war with them.
The island of Sicily was at one point prior to the 11th century, under control of Muslims, who conquered it from the Eastern Romans (Byzantines). Eventually they were conquered by the Normans but many remained in Sicily, living and serving under their Christian rulers, which made the island kingdom a melting-pot of eastern and western cultures.
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