IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 508: Horses across Europe

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 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:Edgar Rops, Independent Scholar, Latvia
Paper 508-aThe Typology of Horses in Burgundian Chronicles of the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Loïs Forster, Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion (IRHiS - UMR 8529), Université de Lille
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Paper 508-b'Hrafn ok Sleipnir, hestar ágætir': Horses of the Medieval North
(Language: English)
Rebecca Henderson, St Anne's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 508-cRemembering Vegetius and Arrian: Cavalry Tactics and Training in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Jürg Gassmann, Independent Scholar, Bulgan
Index terms: Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Military History, Performance Arts - General, Technology
Paper 508-dHorses as Military Force Multipliers in Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
John Henry Gassmann, Independent Scholar, Bühler
Index terms: Military History, Social History

This is one of four sessions dedicated to the medieval horse. The diversity of horses and equestrian practices across Europe is far beyond the somewhat stereotyped representation of the knight and his horses. To gauge the place of the horse in daily reality and contemporary imagination, the contributors consider diverse sources, such as chronicles, military treatises, and works of literature produced in the time range from the early to the late medieval period on territories as far apart as Iceland and Burgundy, to mention but two. This wide historical and geographical distribution helps us to compare, in combination with other sessions of the series, the meaning of the horse – or horses – in Europe and countries of the east (session ‘Horses in the Orient’) and the signature the horse left on material culture and technology (session ‘Equestrian Equipment’) as well as cultural production (session Horses in ‘Courtly Literature’).