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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 and Timothy Dawson (eds.), Historical Practices in Horsemanship and Equestrian Sports (2022)

Rena Maguire and Anastasija Ropa (eds.),
The Liminal Horse (2021)

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

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


Saints and Sinners on Horseback
(2 vols.), edited by Miriam A. Bibby

Horses in Medieval History and Folklore: Festschrift in Honour of John Clark
, edited by Anastasija Ropa and Emma Herbert-Davies  Download Call for Papers

Translation and Studies of Jordanus Rufus’s Treatise on Horsemanship
, translated and edited by Anastasija Ropa (Latvia), Emma-Herbert-Davies (UK), Camille Vo Van Qui (UK), Xavier Baecke (Belgium), et al.  Download Call for Contributors

Rewriting Equestrian History

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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.

Price €55.00

The Materiality...

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.

Price €89.00

The Liminal...

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

October 2021

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?

Price €93.00


Edited by Anastasija Ropa and Timothy Dawson

Publication date: November, 2022

Pages: 311, colour

ISBN 978-615-6405-60-9                                Paperback, €45.00

ISBN 978-615-6405-61-6                                Hardcover, €99.00

eISBN 978-615-6405-62-3                              eBook, €99.00

Printed copies will be available from mid-December 2022. Until then, you can pre-order your paperback or eBook copy at with a 30% discount.

For any unavailable copies on our website, please refer to our distributors: ISD LLC for North and South America and EUROSPAN for Europe and the rest of the world.

Price €99.00

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