IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 908: Reconstructing the Medieval Horse: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 19.00-20.00

Organiser:Anastasija Ropa, Department of Management & Communication Science, Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga
Moderator/Chair:Anastasija Ropa, Department of Management & Communication Science, Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga
Abstract

Can we ever understand what the horse meant for people in the Middle Ages and what medieval horses were like? In this round table, we interpret the issue of ‘reconstructing’ the medieval horse very broadly, going beyond the physical reality of a four-hoofed animal used to perform a number of tasks in pre-industrial society. The contributions range from the practicalities of medieval equitation, including the possibilities of reconstructing equipment and riding styles through a combination of source study and experimental approaches, to the critical analysis of visual and textual sources, from romances to legal treatises, with the view of ‘reconstructing’ both the real animals behind the representation and the contemporary ideas about horses that informed source production and consumption.

Participants include Gloria Allaire (University of Kentucky), Adeline Dumont (Université Charles-de-Gaulle – Lille 3), John C. Ford (Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées), Loïs Forster (Université de Lille), John Henry Gassmann (Independent Scholar, Bühler), and Edgar Rops (Independent Scholar, Latvia).