The Equine History Collective's blog is up and running at EquineHistory.org. Each Sunday we will run a short book review, and are seeking submissions. More information can be found at https://equinehistory.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/ehcs-most-wanted-books/ We also welcome calls for papers and museum reviews, which will run when submissions are accepted. Anyone working on an equine historical project is invited to submit a listing to EHC.
Collaborative network for scholars in any discipline looking at equines in a historical context.
The theme for WSECS 2018, to be held Feb. 16 & 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, is Conversing among the Ruins: the Persistence of the Baroque.
Venue: Leeds, UK
Dates: 3-6 July 2017
‘It is intriguing to reflect that everyone in the Middle Ages, as a matter of course, must have been able to guess the social rank of every horse that came in sight, just as they recognized ranks of people. Horses and people intermingled everywhere, locked in a relationship that made indispensable to each other.’ (Joan Thirsk, ‘Foreword’ to Ann Hyland, The Horse in the Middle Ages)
Have you seen this book?
The Horse As Cultural Icon: The Real and Symbolic Horse in the Early Modern World. Eds. Edwards, Peter, K A. E. Enenkel, and Elspeth Graham (Leiden: Brill, 2011)
Would anyone know, or can recommend a source, on how much a horse cost in the late 16th century Holy Roman Empire (south preferably)? All I could find was mid 16th century and then it was around 6-10 crowns. But inflation surely would have driven up the price.
Also, how would a lady have arranged her clothing, riding on a horse for longer distances? I understand, there was no special clothing. Did they wear stockings under the skirt, or a hose?
University of Waterloo
Courtney White's dissertation from USC film school "What Looked Like Cruelty: Animal Welfare in Hollywood: 1916-1950" discusses these kinds of primary sources, although for an earlier period: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15799coll3/id/526365
Beyond periodicals like Variety, I think some of that kind of thing is probably in the autobiographies of actors and others involved in the production.
I'm interested in contemporary references and discussions of the 1925 film Ben Hur and the claim that 100 horses died in it. I'm not interested in recently published web material on this topic, for none of that seems to be rooted in historical sources. Book or periodical references needed and appreciated.