And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
— Revelation, 6:2
Archery was often sneered at in mediaeval Europe as it was often seen as a coward's way of doing war, but in the East it was often considered a vital part of a warrior's training. Archery had a place of honour for several reasons: it took practice to perfect, and was a nobleman's pastime in Asia, while in the desert sends of Arabia and the barren peaks of the Himalayas and the Caucasus, it was a way of life for hunters. The bow was thus the weapon of nobles on hunting expeditions, and it is thus unsurprising that sometimes the best cavalry archers were mounted rangers accompanying the sovereign on hunts, especially in lands that received Turkish influence such as in China and the Middle East.