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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 847: Arms, Armour, and the Arts of Combat, IV: Carolingians and Cavalry

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Jacob H. Deacon, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Karen Watts, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / Musée du Louvre, Paris
Paper 847-aCarolingian Armour: What You See Is What You Get?
(Language: English)
Gabriella Miyamoto, Department of Liberal Arts, Ringling College of Art & Design, Florida
Index terms: Art History - General, Military History, Technology
Paper 847-bThe Development of Cavalry Tactics from the Carolingians to the High Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Jürg Gassmann, Independent Scholar, Bulgan
Index terms: Military History, Technology
Paper 847-c'Hobelars, Currours, and Écorcheurs, Oh My!': Some Thoughts on 'Non-Knightly' Soldier Words, Their Armour, and Weapons
(Language: English)
Robert W. Jones, Advanced Studies in England, Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Military History, Social History

This panel explores arms and armour from the Carolingian period to the High Middle Ages, with a particular focus on cavalry. Gabriella Miyamoto will consider the debate among scholars as to whether depictions of Carolingian arms and armour should be taken at face value or be seen as instances of archaicizing artistic license. Jürg Gassmann will trace the interplay between developments and changes (or continuity) in horses, riding skills, weapons, armour, tactics, and training that took place between the 10th and 13th centuries. Rob Jones will look at the ways in which historians have misunderstood the nature and role of 'non-knightly' cavalry, considering how their armour and weapons have been used to determine both identity and function.