The knight’s warhorse. The destrier was probably a very powerful breed of horse capable of great strength and good speed and maneuverability. The warhorse was valued anywhere from Ј1 to more than Ј100 during the century, and was a valuable way that commanders paid their troops. In addition to the pay they received, the horses taken on a campaign were divided up amongst the nobility and the soldiers, sold or shipped home for additional income. The price of such a horse in modern terms was approximately analogous to an automobile. The best mounts were known as coursers, and fetched the higher prices. Knights generally rode palfreys between engagements, then mounted their destrier when they were required to be in armour, since the palfrey would fare poorly under such great weight, and was a walker more than a hunter, as the destrier seems to have been.
Warhorse. (Because a squire would lead the horse using his right hand.)
♦ Charger, warhorse.
(Prestwich, Michael. Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience, 347)
Related terms: Dextrarius

Medieval glossary. 2014.

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