Session1004
TitleThe Horse in Courtly Literature
Date/TimeWednesday 5 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/ChairEdgar Rops, Independent Scholar, Riga
 
Paper 1004-a More Expensive than Racing Cars: The Value of Horses in Romance
(Language: English)
Anastasija Ropa, Department of Management & Communication Science, Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Celtic; Language and Literature - Comparative; Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1004-b Writing Bodies, Riding Equipment, Reading Horses: The Equestrian Canon and Code of Chivalry
(Language: English)
Karen Campbell, Department of English, Grayson College, Texas
Index Terms: Anthropology; Archaeology - Artefacts; Language and Literature - Comparative; Mentalities
Paper 1004-c How to Ride before a Prince: The Rise of Riding as a Performance Art
(Language: English)
Jennifer Jobst, Independent Scholar, Austin, Texas
Index Terms: Anthropology; Language and Literature - Comparative; Mentalities; Performance Arts - General
 
AbstractHorses are prominent in a variety of courtly literatures - from romance to treatises on chivalry in the High and Late Middle Ages, and, at the end of the medieval period, the first riding manuals compete for attention among other, increasingly varying, treatises of instruction. In the session, the speakers examine the characteristics marking elite horses and riders. In particular, the papers testify to the changing standards of horsemanship from the 13th century into the early modern period, when riding skill evolves into an art of horsemanship and, later, a performance.