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Introduction

Ancient Saddles

Medieval Saddles

Medieval / Renaissance saddles

Pack Saddles

Peytrals and Cruppers

Bridles

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Medieval European Saddles

knight's saddle

A war saddle of the twelfth to fourteenth centuries.

knight's saddle

The war saddle with is ornamental cover.

This newly completed saddle (October 2021) embodies the techniques with which I have experimented in making Roman saddles over the last year. The result is that this weights only 5.4 kilogrammes (11lb 7oz without decorative cover), and has slightly flexible side bars. Unlike the two saddles below, this one also enacts a comment by the twelfth-century author Theophilus who says that saddles were not covered in leather, but painted, carved or both, an assertion that is supported by the archaeology.


knight's saddle

Fourtheenth-century war saddle. See the panoply page for the full set that accompanies this saddle.

knight's saddle

Detail of the fourtheenth-century war saddle.


knight's saddle

An Age of Chivalry style
based upon pictorial sources.

knight's saddle

Period: late twelfth century to early fourteenth century.


Norman saddle

A Norman saddle based upon the Bayeaux Embroidery. Field tested at the Battle of Hastings re-enactment 2016.

Norman saddle

The underside of the Norman saddle.