The Materiality of the Horse


Edited by Miriam A. Bibby and Brian G. Scott

Publication date: September, 2020

Pages: 297, colour

ISBN 978-615-81353-9-9                   Paperback, €43.00

ISBN 978-615-6405-15-9                   Hardcover, €89.00

eISBN 978-615-81793-3-1                  eBook, €43.00

DOI: 10.22618/TP.REH.20202

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Introduction  Download PDF

CHAPTER 1. Gail Brownrigg, Pony Breeding in the New Forest: A Continuation of Medieval Practice

CHAPTER 2. Jennifer Jobst, Practical Advice on Equine Care from Jordanus Rufus, c. 1250 CE

CHAPTER 3. Felipe Vander Velden, A Tapuya “Equestrian Nation”? Horses and Native Peoples in the Backlands of Colonial Brazil  Download PDF

CHAPTER 4. Anastasija Ropa, Counting Your Blessings in Froissart’s “Debate of the Horse and the Greyhound”

CHAPTER 5. Alexia-Foteini Stamouli, Equids in Late Byzantine Hagiographies: A Comparison with the Middle Byzantine Period

CHAPTER 6. Miriam A. Bibby, Alexander’s Arabian: Noble Steed or Fantastic Beast?  Download PDF

CHAPTER 7. Hylke Hettema, Hishām ibn al-Kalbi’s Kitāb al-Khayl: A Premodern Arabic Pedigree for the Horse?

CHAPTER 8. Mattia Caprioli, Equestrian Military Equipment of the Eastern Roman Armies in the Sixth and Seventh Centuries  Download PDF

CHAPTER 9. Annamaria Fedele, Horse Burials among the Lombards and Avars: Some Differences and Similarities between the Germanic and Nomadic Rituals

CHAPTER 10. Brian G. Scott, The Irish “Deer” Series of Cheek-Pieces

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Miriam A. Bibby and Brian G. Scott
Trivent Medieval
Book series
Rewriting Equestrian History
Book series editor(s)
Anastasija Ropa and Timothy Dawson
Publication date
September, 2020
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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.

MIRIAM A. BIBBY is an archaeologist and historian specialising in the history of the horse, particularly the horse in northern England and Scotland. She is currently engaged in specialist research at the University of Glasgow into the history and influence of the Galloway horse. Miriam was formerly a tutor, year convenor and course developer for the University of Manchester’s networked learning course in Egyptology. While at Manchester, she gained her M.Phil. on the topic of the horse in ancient Egypt and in 2000 she founded Ancient Egypt magazine. She has presented at numerous conferences and her work has been published in many journals and magazines. Miriam has also worked as a museum curator and in heritage management.

BRIAN G. SCOTT is the former Keeper of Conservation at the Ulster Museum, Belfast. He has written extensively on early metallurgy, with special emphasis on iron and steel, and is also a specialist on Irish Later Bronze Age equitation, as well as on early artillery, having published the definitive studies of the late-sixteenth and seventeenth centuries cannon in the City of Derry~Londonderry and on the mortar campaign during the 1689 Siege. 

'The Materiality of the Horse brings life and three dimensions to our understanding of the Medieval horse. Clichés are overturned and new perspectives opened up. We understand the very different case studies from all over the world both at a theoretical level and in details that give us a sense of immediacy."

Dr. Susanna Forrest, Author of The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey through Human History

"From cover to cover, this book provides a highly readable and riveting account of the horse-human relationship in three contexts.  From the breeding and management of horses in a range of time and place, to literary representations, to an exploration of archaeological understanding, each chapter provides well-researched and insightful account on the significance of the horse-human relationship."

Dr. Sarah Sargent, University of Buckingham

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