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Markets forthcoming

The Original Re-enactors Market (TORM), 10th—12th November 2017, Sports Connexion, Ryton-upon-Dunsmore, UK. Confirmed

Marché d’Histoire, 19th—20th November 2017, Compiègne, France.

Events forthcoming

These are events I will be attending, although not necessarily in an equestrian capacity. Several with Conquest, the Norman society.

Chester, 22nd — 23rd July 2017.

Richmond Castle, 12th — 13th August 2017.

Middlewich, Cheshire, 26th — 27th August 2017.

Battle of Hastings, 14th — 15th October 2017.

Silk Road event, Rutland, 21st — 22nd October 2017.

Past events of the year so far

The Original Re-enactors Market (TORM), 17th—19th March 2017, Sports Connexion, Ryton-upon-Dunsmore, UK.

Marché d’Histoire, 8th—9th April 2017, Compiègne, France.

Saint George’s Day, 23rd April 2017, Pontefract Castle.

Lincoln Castle, 21st — 22nd May 2017.

Lincoln Castle, 28th — 29th May 2017.

Milton Keynes 50, 17th — 18th June 2017.

Harian’s Cavalry Turma. An extremely large Roman cavalry event, 1st and 2nd July 2017, Carlisle, UK.

International Medieval Congress, 3rd—6th July 2017, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

Sessions hosted by Dr. Timothy Dawson and Dr. Anastasija Ropa:

Tuesday 4th, 09.00—10.30, The Physical Horse
    1: ‘Peasant Horse Breeding in Late Medieval England’, Jordan Claridge,
    2: ‘Middle English Hippiatric Treatises, Common Diseases, and Their Remedies’, Elina Cotterill,
    3:‘The Importance of Horses in the Anglo-Saxon Law Texts’, Edgar Rops,

Wednesday 5th, 09.00—10.30, The Horse in Courtly Literature
    1: ‘More Expensive than Racing Cars: The Value of Horses in Romance’, Anastasija Ropa,
    2: ‘Writing Bodies, Riding Equipment, Reading Horses: The Equestrian Canon and Code of Chivalry’, Karen Campbell,
    3: ‘How to Ride before a Prince: The Rise of Riding as a Performance Art’, Jennifer Jobst,

Wednesday 5th, 11.15—12.45, The Martial Horse and Rider
    1: ‘Hunting and Fighting on Horseback According to King John I of Portugal, 1385-1433’, Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues,
    2: ‘European Horses, Horsemanship, and Material Culture from Late Antiquity to the Crusades’, Jürg Gassmann,
    3: ‘The Use and Development of Bows and Crossbows as Cavalry Weapons in Medieval Europe’, John Henry Gassmann,

Wednesday 5th, 11.15—12.45, The Horse in Material Culture
    1: ‘Baggage Animals and Their Use: the neglected equines, Timothy Dawson,
    2: ‘The Development of Bits from the Viking Age to the 16th Century, in England and Beyond’, John Clark,
    3: ‘Equestrian Cities: The Role of the Riding Horse in Interurban Traffic’, Fabienne Meiers,

These were complemented by a display of medieval equestrian equipment within the public event “Making Leeds Medieval”.

Ribchester Roman Festival, 8th — 9th July 2017.