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Summary of Horse History Meeting, 7 July 2020, held during vIMC 2020

For the last five years, equestrian history sessions have had their presence during the International Medieval Congress in Leeds. Over the course of these years, fascinating projects were discussed and initiated. The recently published volume The Horse in Premodern European … Continue reading

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Horses in Medieval India: Imports and local breeding

In his travels, Marco Polo notes one peculiarity of India, and this is related to horse breeding in the country: another strange thing to be told is that there is no possibility of breeding horses in this country, as hath … Continue reading

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CFP: Historical Practices in Horsemanship and Equestrian Sports

Online conference. 28-29 August 2020 This conference is devoted to discussing historical practices of horsemanship and equestrian sports, their emergence and evolution over centuries and into the present day. The conference is open to papers from all historical periods, and … Continue reading

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Where to find a two-headed horse?

Where would you find a two-headed horse, in case you need one for gentle riding? If you are thinking about some kind of monster, perhaps the Apocalyptic kind of creature poulating the margins of an Apocalypse manuscript, think again… You … Continue reading

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in working with the cavesson, and in beginning to work young horses, a pupil will learn more secrets than well-trained horses will show him, because the latter are experienced. But the young ones, who cannot forget their liberty all at … Continue reading

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Open Access Resources for Horse History

Unexpectedly, I find that Covid-19 has been good for scholarship. Although many people complain that libraries, archives and museums are closed, and conferences cancelled, still others have noted a rise in their productivity. Being locked up in their residence, without … Continue reading

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A star-fronted mare

While most noble riders in medieval Europe would despise anyone reduced to riding a mare, mares were ridden in the nomadic societies throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. The poem of “Jostled by Horses” legendary sixth-century warrior and poet of … Continue reading

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The Best Breed of the North

Speculating on the origins of the Galloway horse is a process that is fraught with the issues besetting any contemporary breed enthusiast, since the whole concept of a “breed” is a very modern one and it probably did not cause … Continue reading

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Cutting the Stallion’s Tail: A Very Strange Crime that Might Have Occurred in Medieval Wales

Inspired by Edgar Rops, “The Horse in Welsh and Anglo-Saxon Law,” from The Horse in Premodern European Culture, ed. by Anastasija Ropa and Timothy Dawson Owain was neither thief nor coward, and he certainly did not want to appear like one. … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on medieval urban equines

in the late Middle Ages, the horse became more widely popular as a means of transportation than ever before in history… (Fabienne Meiers, “Equestrian Cities: The Use of Riding Horses and Characteristics of Horse Husbandry in Late Medieval Urban Agglomerations,” … Continue reading

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