During the Northern European Crusades, Christian knights in shining armor attempt to conquer independent pagan tribes. In one such battle 50 knights on horseback approach a relatively large village and see the peasants' militia advancing on foot against them.
The peasants are armed with simple axes, pikes, and farm tools, and have little or no armor. The knights charge straight at them, thinking that they can just trample the pagans in an easy battle.
However, the knights don't know that among the crowd are several mages. Just when the knights approach 20 meters from the advancing militia, the mages form an invisible, impenetrable force field between the militia and the knights. The knights, charging at full speed, slam into the force field.
Would the damage taken by the knights be enough for the villagers to finish them off with ease?
The force field is as impenetrable and as rigid as solid rock or a concrete wall.
Suppose that the knights were charging tightly in a formation before slamming into this force field.
They are organized into several rows of knights, the first row, and then at least two rows before the first row.
Assume that there's enough confusion that the knights do not attempt to stop the horses before every knight hits the force field or collides with another rider.
The villagers outnumber the knights 4 to 1.