IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 608: Equestrian Equipment

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 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:Annemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
Paper 608-aHorsing Around at the Angevin Court of Naples: A Study of Two 14th-Century Enameled Horse Bits Preserved in New York and Turin
(Language: English)
Marina Viallon, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Université de Recherche Paris Sciences et Lettres
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Technology
Paper 608-bLa Selle de Senonches: Histoire d'une renaissance
(Language: Français)
Adeline Dumont, Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion (IRHiS - UMR 8529), Université de Lille
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Technology
Paper 608-cElevation: The Key Issue in Understanding Medieval Knightly Riding Styles
(Language: English)
Tobias Capwell, Department of Arms & Armour, Wallace Collection, London
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Technology

This is one of four sessions dedicated to the medieval horse. The two vital pieces of riding equipment, still indispensable in most equestrian sports and leisure practices, the saddle and the bridle, remain understudied – not due to the lack of research in the area, but due to the nature of surviving evidence. In this session, the contributors present cases studies of individual pieces of equipment and the relation between specific types of equipment and riding styles. The session offers an insight into the material and technological complexity of medieval riding practices, thus furthering our insight into medieval equestrian cultures discussed in the other sessions of the series (‘Horses across Europe’, ‘Horses in the Orient’, and ‘Horses in Courtly Literature’).