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By Anastasija Ropa
ISBN 978-615-81222-4-5 Paperback, €20.00
eISBN 978-615-81222-5-2 Hardcover, €55.00
DOI: 10.22618/TP.REH.20191 eBook, €20.00
In colour, 102 pp.
Published: April, 2019
You can read part of this book in open access.
The figure of a knight on horseback is the emblem of medieval chivalry. Much has been written on the ideology and practicalities of knighthood as portrayed in medieval romance, especially Arthurian romance, and it is surprising that so little attention was hitherto granted to the knight’s closest companion, the horse. This study examines the horse as a social indicator, as the knight’s animal alter ego in his spiritual peregrinations and earthly adventures, the ups and downs of chivalric adventure, as well as the relations between the lady and her palfrey in romance. Both medieval authors and their audiences knew more about the symbolism and practice of horsemanship than most readers do today. By providing the background to the descriptions of horses and horsemanship in Arthurian romance, this study deepens the readers’ appreciation of these texts. At the same time, critical reading of romance supplies information about the ideology and daily practice of horsemanship in the Middle Ages that is otherwise impossible to obtain from other sources, be it archaeology, chronicles or administrative documentation.
Edited by Miriam A. Bibby and Brian G. Scott
ISBN 978-615-81353-9-9 Paperback, €43.00
eISBN 978-615-81793-3-1 Hardcover, €89.00
DOI: 10.22618/TP.REH.20202 eBook, €43.00
Volume 2 (September 2020)
In colour, pp. 297
Inspired by our age-old fascination with equids, Materiality of the Horse brings the latest academic research in equine history to a wider readership. Themes examined within the book by specialist contributors include explorations of material culture relating to horses and what this discloses about the horse-human relationship; fresh observations on significant medieval horse-related texts from Europe and the Islamic world; and revealing insights into the effect of the introduction of horses into indigenous cultures in South America. Thought-provoking and original, Materiality of the Horse is the second volume in Trivent Publishing’s innovative “Rewriting Equestrian History” series.
Parts of this book can be read in open access.
Rena Maguire and Anastasija Ropa (editors)
ISBN 978-615-81821-5-7 (paperback) Paperback, €41.00
ISBN 978-615-81821-7-1 (hardcover) Hardcover, €93.00
eISBN 978-615-81821-6-4 (eBook) eBook, €41.00
In colour, pp. 316
The historical horse is at once material and abstract, as is the notion of the border. Borders and frontiers are not only markers delineating geographical spaces but also mental constructs: there are borders between order and disorder, between what is permitted and what is prohibited. Boundaries and liminal spaces also exist in the material, economic, political, moral, legal and religious spheres. In this volume, the contributing authors explore the theme of the liminality of the horse in all of these historical arenas, asking how does one reconcile the very different roles played by the horse in human history?
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