Appel à contribution – Medieval and Early Modern Equids: Classifying by Breeds, Types and Functions

Medieval and Early Modern Equids:

Classifying by Breeds, Types and Functions

Call for papers for a special thematic volume

to be published in the Rewriting Equestrian History series by Trivent Medieval

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. In the volume, 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, packhorses, and others)
  • Civilian horses (palfreys, amblers, etc.)
  • Working horses (plough horses, cart horses, etc.)
  • Horse types used for ceremonial purposes and special equestrian equipment
  • Representation of horses in marginalia, including imaginary equids and hybrids
  • Differential treatment of horse types in sources, including legal documents, hippiatric treatises and literature

The volume will be co-edited by John Clark, Gail Brownrigg, Kelly-Anne Gilbertson and Andrew Ó Donghaile. If you would like to contribute as co-editor or reviewer, please contact us.

We hope to include papers delivered at IMC as well as new papers. The preferred length of article is 9-12,000 words, but shorter and longer submissions can be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is no limit on the maximum number of illustrations, as long as they are relevant to the argument made in the chapter. The expected final date for the delivery of first drafts is 15 June 2023.

To propose an article, please send a short biography of 2-3 sentences and an abstract of 250-300 words to the Rewriting Equestrian History series co-editor Anastasija Ropa ( by 10 September 2022.

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