Medieval Horses Love Water!

November has come, with its dull winter days, the first snow and cold, wet horses. Apparently, it was no problem in the fifteenth-century France, where the calendar page from the spectacular Bedford Hours show a horse splashing in a fountain:


Perseus and Pegasus, the Bedford Hours

Calendar page for November from the Bedford Hours, France (Paris), c. 1410–1430, Add MS 18850, f. 11r


All right, that’s Perseus and Pegasus, so they are supposed to be there. Still, to me, the picture looks very realistic, minus the wings, which appear very haphazardly slapped upon the white horse, anyway. Maybe the knight is going for a dress-up party? It’s Halloween, after all…

Still, I wonder whether they would be splashing in the water in November – might be a bit too cold for this kind of fun. I am not sure the knight looks very keen on it, nd even the horse seems slightly hesitant, probing the water with its hoof.


About thegrailquest

Anastasija Ropa holds a doctoral degree from Bangor University (North Wales), for a study in medieval and modern Arthurian literature. She has published a number of articles on medieval and modern Arthurian literature, focusing on its historical and artistic aspects. She is currently employed as guest lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. Anastasija’s most recent research explores medieval equestrianism in English and French literary art and literature, and she is also engaged as part-time volunteer horse-trainer. In a nutshell: Lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education Graduate of the School of English, University of Wales, Bangor. Graduate of the University of Latvia Passionate about history, particularly the Middle Ages A horse-lover and horse-owner
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