Medieval Horses

Medieval Horses изначально опубликованной на Киборги и Чародеи

Katrin Boniface

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      Medieval historians are familiar with the many terms for horse types used in the middle ages, including destrier, charger, courser, palfrey, rouncey, hackney, and sumpter. These terms for differentiated types of horses seem to appear in literature before they appear in law.[1] This may be misleading because of the scarcity of medieval sources, but it does suggest that the laws were passed to support the ideals illustrated by the literature. Increasingly fine distinctions, such as between rouncey, courser, and destrier, keep pace with the increasingly complicated social classes of the late middle ages. These terms also become conflated with the animals’ breeding rather than pure utility, such as the use of palfrey for a finely bred (often of eastern extraction) general riding animal as opposed to hackney for a common bred general riding animal. Most of these names come from Latin, and have been…

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