"the mongol hordes swung up along their flanks and rode full upon them with lances"

Illustration of Mongol cavalry pursuing their enemy from14th century manuscript
Public DomainIllustration of Mongol cavalry pursuing their enemy from14th century manuscript - Credit: Dschingis Khan und seine Erben
The Mongols were a formerly nomadic people based in Mongolia who eventually formed a vast empire that spanned the breadth of Asia. In the middle of the 13th century, the Mongols swept out of the European steppes, conquering all before them: China, Persia, Russia and eastern Europe all came under Mongol rule, before the Empire disintegrated in the 14th century.

Ferocious and merciless warriors, the lightning fast strikes conducted on horseback struck fear into the hearts of all their victims.