IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1141: The Martial Horse and Rider

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Timothy Dawson, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Anastasija Ropa, Department of Management & Communication Science, Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga
Moderator/Chair:Timothy Dawson, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Paper 1141-aHunting and Fighting on Horseback According to King John I of Portugal, 1385-1433
(Language: English)
Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues, Centro de História, Universidade de Lisboa
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Military History
Paper 1141-bContinuity and Change: European Horses, Horsemanship, and Material Culture from Late Antiquity to the Crusades
(Language: English)
Jürg Gassmann, Independent Scholar, Bulgan
Index terms: Crusades, Economics - General, Military History
Paper 1141-cThe Use and Development of Bows and Crossbows as Cavalry Weapons in Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
John Henry Gassmann, Independent Scholar, Bühler
Index terms: Military History, Technology

The session on the martial horse and rider highlights the wide range of military and paramilitary practices dependent on the horse and human collaboration. The session tracks the evolution of equestrian martial practices from the early medieval period to the end of the Middle Ages across a range of geographic regions, venturing beyond Europe into the north of Africa, where mounted warriors were exposed to foreign experiences and influences. The papers highlight the importance of horsemanship to medieval knights and soldiers and refer to techniques that originated with particular cultures and could be regarded as ‘other’ elsewhere in Europe.