Heir of Black Falcon wrote:They simply are called stakes or stake emplacements. I am fairly sure in the medieval period they use set stakes for the term. It’s a type of temp field fortification, though you do see them at times to reinforce permanent defences as bulwarks do.
In the 15th century the English begin to use more stakes as the ratio of men at arms (armoured melee soldier) to archer goes from 1 to 1 to 1 to 3/1 to 20 or more. With less men at arms to protect archers they needed a suitable means of keeping cavalry from simply riding them off the field and the stake became common. You do see some evidence of stakes before the 15th. The battle of Najera in Castile used them as well as pits about a foot in diameter and twice that deep to stop cavalry.... but the 15th century you see them all the time while in the 14th less so.
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