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2018 has been a disappointment in this area. The pressure of full time employment has stopped me doing very much else. I did get in a day trip to the November Marché d’Histoire, at Compiègne, in France. It was interesting to note that on the two occasions I was there, the only offering of equestrian equipment was one second hand modern Portugese saddle, and one leather worker with a few bridles. This time there were sevaeral stalls with leather goods and a couple with saddles. Just co-incidence?

The future

My present bout of employment is now at an end, and while I have been looking for a replacement, there will be a gap. (All suggestions and offers considered!) On the positive side, this means that I can get some new and delayed projects moving. I might even get to a market or two!

Once again, my colleague, Dr. Anastasija Ropa, and I will be hosting sessions on medieval equestrianism at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds UK, in the first week of July as usual. A volume of previous proceedings is in press at this moment, and we have launched a series to publish annually with Trivent. More information shortly.

Past events of 2017

Marché d’Histoire, 17th — 19th, November Compiègne, France.

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

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

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

Lincoln Castle, with Conquest and a guest ride with the Conroi by the generosity of Nigel Amos, 21st — 22nd May 2017.

Lincoln Castle, with Conquest, 28th — 29th May 2017.

Milton Keynes 50, with Conquest, 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, with Romanorum Cavalry, 8th — 9th July 2017.

Scarborough Castle, with Romanorum Cavalry, 5th — 6th August 2017.

Richmond Castle, with Conquest, 19th — 20th August 2017.

Tilston, Cheshire, with Conquest, 26th — 27th August 2017.

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

Silk Road event, Oakham, Rutland, with Hetaireia Palatiou, 21st — 22nd October 2017.

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

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