IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 507: The Physical Horse

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Timothy Dawson, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Anastasija Ropa, Department of Management & Communication Science, Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga
Moderator/Chair:John Clark, Museum of London
Paper 507-aPeasant Horse Breeding in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Jordan Claridge, Department of Economic History, London School of Economics & Political Science
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Economics - Trade
Paper 507-bHow to Make a White Mark on a Black Horse: Middle English Hippiatric Treatises, Common Diseases, and Their Remedies
(Language: English)
Elina Cotterill, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Medicine
Paper 507-c'Let no one sell the horse overseas': Reflecting on the Importance of Horses in the Anglo-Saxon Law Texts
(Language: English)
Edgar Rops, Faculty of Law, University of Latvia, Riga
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Law

The session on the physical horse refers to the practicalities of keeping, treating, breeding, and trading horses in England and other areas of Europe over the Middle Ages. The horses appear as subjects of legislation and trade, appraised according to statutory values, as subjects of veterinary care and an indispensable part of the medieval economy and agriculture. The papers signal the complexities involved in dealing with actual horses, the often unsavoury details of their bodily existence, as well as testifying, again, to the indispensability of the horse in medieval society.