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Matheo17 Feb 2018 5:29 p.m. PST

Hi all
While all possible rulesets and army lists for Italian Wars include Spanish jinetes as armed with javelins, I'm not really sure that was the case. It may be accurate for the early campaigns under Gran Capitan (I even recall someone here citing source describing their attack with javelins thrown at close range followed by swift fall-back), however I haven't seen any reference to javelins being used in later campaigns, while jinetes were still present in Spanish and Imperial armies.
So, how far into Italian Wars would the javelins been used? Are there any references to them being replaced by lances/spears?

1ngram18 Feb 2018 5:09 a.m. PST

The tapestries in tbe Alcazar in Seville, commissioned by Charles V in 1554 to commemorate the capture of Tunis in 1535 show Jinetes armed with very long lances wielded overarm, at least 10 feet long (though most look even longer) with spearheads at both ends.

Druzhina18 Feb 2018 5:30 p.m. PST

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