Session507
TitleThe Physical Horse
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserTimothy Dawson, Independent Scholar, Tilbury
Anastasija Ropa, Department of Management & Communication Science, Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga
 
Moderator/ChairJohn Clark, Curatorial Department, Museum of London
 
Paper 507-a Peasant Horse Breeding in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Jordan Claridge, Department of Economic History, London School of Economics & Political Science
Index Terms: Economics - Rural; Economics - Trade
Paper 507-b How to Make a White Mark on a Black Horse: Middle English Hippiatric Treatises, Common Diseases, and Their Remedies
(Language: English)
Elina Cotterill, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Comparative; Medicine
Paper 507-c 'Let no one sell the horse overseas': Reflecting on the Importance of Horses in the Anglo-Saxon Law Texts
(Language: English)
Edgar Rops, Independent Scholar, Riga
Index Terms: Economics - Trade; Law
 
AbstractThe session on the physical horse refers to the practicalities of keeping, treating, breeding, and trading horses in England and other areas of Europe over the Middle Ages. The horses appear as subjects of legislation and trade, appraised according to statutory values, as subjects of veterinary care and an indispensable part of the medieval economy and agriculture. The papers signal the complexities involved in dealing with actual horses, the often unsavoury details of their bodily existence, as well as testifying, again, to the indispensability of the horse in medieval society.