Term used of lightly armed horsemen, as opposed to heavily armed and armoured knights, who were sometimes cumbersome and slow. It is thought these hobelars were the precursors of archer-horsemen; and that they were brought from Ireland, where they were known as hobinos (Ir. obann = quick, nimble). Their horses were lighter than the *destrier and also cheaper. -

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