Appel à contribution – Medieval Horse Types and How to Use Them

Call for papers for special sessions at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 4-7 July 2022

Nature has not given [all horses] the same capabilities. Some shine more at war work; others are inclined to win Olympic crowns; others are adaptable for domestic use, civilian duties and farm work.

Leon Battista Alberti, De equo animante (c. 1445)

Equine breeds as we think of them today are an early modern invention. Instead, medieval people distinguished between horses based on their origin and the type of work for which they were used. At our thematic sessions, we propose exploring medieval horse types, their treatment, training, use, artistic and literary representation as well as equipment employed for different tasks. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  • Types of horses used in warfare (warhorses, coursers, rounceys, packhorses)
  • Civilian horses (palfreys, amblers, etc.)
  • Working horses (plough horses, cart horses, etc.)
  • Horse types used for ceremonial purposes and special tack
  • Representation of horses in marginalia, including imaginary equids and hybrids
  • Differential treatment of horse types in sources, including legal documents, hippiatric treatises and literature

Additionally, we propose a round table on mounted games, such as Iberian cane games, and medieval antecedents of modern mounted sport games (polo, polocrosse and others).

The sessions and the round table are sponsored by Trivent Medieval. Selected contributions will be published in the Rewriting Equestrian History series or in Cheiron: The International Journal of Equine and Equestrian History.

Please send proposals and expressions of interest to Dr Anastasija Ropa ( by 10 September 2021. To propose a session paper, please send a short biography of approximately 50 words and an abstract of 250-300 words. To participate in the round table, send your topic and one or two sentences explaining what you want to talk about.

Please note that IMC 2022 is planned as a hybrid event. In the event your paper is accepted, you can participate either virtually or in person. The authors are responsible for securing funding for the Congress attendance.

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