Rewriting Equestrian History

Trivent Publishing, H-1119 Budapest, Etele u. 59-61

Publisher: Teodora C. Artimon

ISSN 2676-8097
DOI: 10.22618/TP.REH


Anastasija Ropa (Latvian Academy of Sport Education),

Timothy Dawson, Independent researcher


Karen Grace Campbell, Grayson College, Texas

John Clark, Curator Emeritus, Museum of London

Jürg Gassmann, Independent researcher, Ireland

Edgar Rops, Independent researcher, Latvia

Marina Viallon, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris


The series is dedicated to aspects of equestrian history across all disciplines, be it art or archaeology, literary, military or economic studies, in different historical periods, from ancient times to modernity. Volumes are built around a unifying strand or idea, such as materiality, memory, etc. In many cases, the volumes are based on selected papers presented at special equestrian sessions at the International Medieval Congress, along with invited papers from outside the IMC. These volumes are focused on the medieval period, following the historical period of the Congress. However, submissions outside the medieval period are equally welcome, as long as they present innovative, up-to-date research on horse history.


Anastasija Ropa, Practical Horsemanship In Medieval Arthurian Romance (2019)

Miriam A. Bibby and Brian G. Scott (eds.), The Materiality of the Horse (2020)


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Practical Horsemanship in Medieval Arthurian Romance

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By Anastasija Ropa 

ISBN 978-615-81222-4-5

Paperback: 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.

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The Materiality of the Horse

Price €39.00

Edited by Miriam A. Bibby and Brian G. Scott

ISBN 978-615-81353-9-9

DOI: 10.22618/TP.REH.20202

Volume 2 (September 2020)

Paperback, 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.