But the attackers were to make skilful use of the weather conditions.
The advantage of position being thus lost, the Spanish infantry rose and flung itself on the attackers; the landsknechts and the French bands were disordered by the fury of the counterstroke, being unaccustomed to deal with the swift, leaping, and crouching attack of swordsmen with bucklers.
Rissa was braced in the saddle as if expecting attackers at any moment.
He heard the distant movement as attackers neared, the adjustment of the men's emplacement, even the loading of arrows and stretching of bows.
He guided the horse with his legs, testing its sluggish responsiveness as the attackers prepared to pounce.