Saracen warrior The total population of these Muslim communities has been estimated by most modern scholars at around 60,000 individuals, judging from the community's ability to supply the Kings of Sicily a theoretical military contingent of around 14–15,000 men strong, of which 7–10,000, as reported by contemporary sources, were effectively employable on the battlefield at Cortenuova.[4These troops, most of them lightly armed archers and many also trained in the use of the sling,
Armure du connétable Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567). ca 1550. Paris - Musée de l'Armée, Period: 16th century, reign of Henri II (1547-1559), Renaissance (période) gilded, iron (metal), leather (material)
Sipahi or Siphi (heavy cavalry) constituted the principal part of the mounted force of the empire and were chiefly raised in the Asiatic provinces: they were excellent horsemen, and were variously equipped, but the lance was generally their principal weapon, the use of which they were very expert: they were divided into sixteen legions, and in the early ages of the Ottoman empire, prior to the institution of the Janizaries, they were considered as its principal strength.