The return journey is complete and Waltham Abbey marks the end of the Saga of Stamford Bridge. Next we see William’s knights mounted and riding to battle behind their leader. The destrier was the war-horse of the medieval knight. Weighing twice as much as a palfrey, this horse was not used in extended travel but would be taken in tow, thus keeping it fresh for battle. Breeds in use at this time were the Belgian, Boulonnais, Jutland, Friesian and Noriker. It was common practice when going into battle, to shoe the destrier with protruding sharp nails in order to inflict as much damage as possible when trampling down foot soldiers.