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    In the Saddle Lauren Gilmour (ed.) There is no need to delve deeply into English history to appreciate the importance of the horse and its saddle. Saddles
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      In the Saddle
      Lauren Gilmour (ed.)
      There is no need to delve deeply into English
      history to appreciate the importance of the horse
      and its saddle. Saddles carried Roman, Saxon and
      Norman invaders across Britain, sustained the
      peripatetic English monarch and court, and
      advanced Tudor trade and Stuart civil war. From
      the 18th century the English saddle developed
      rapidly into the world’s leading design and
      remains pre-eminent today.

      It is not difficult to find recent books
      describing the classic English saddle of the 19th
      and 20th centuries, but none deal with earlier
      saddles. The authors of the present volume, which
      is based upon a conference held in 2002 at
      Saddlers’ Hall in London, explored rare books and
      manuscripts, private and fine art collections,
      archaeological fragments, museum stores and family
      records to piece together this account of the
      historic antecedents of the English astride saddle
      and the parallel development of the side-saddle.
      Few people in history owned saddles as these were
      cumbersome and expensive objects. Although horse
      ownership increased after the Middle Ages, saddle
      survival depended upon a coincidence of care,
      neglect and good fortune. The conservation of
      several of these rare survivals has made it
      possible for their hand manufacture and original
      decoration to be described and illustrated for the
      first time. This book describes how collaboration
      between archaeologists, restorers and experimental
      riders enabled a Roman saddle to be recreated and
      ridden.
      This delightful and beautifully illustrated volume
      should fascinate riders, archaeologists,
      conservators, historians and curators alike.

      Contents
      Roman Saddles: Archaeology and Experiment 20 Years On
      Carol van Driel-Murray, Peter Connolly and John
      Duckham
      Anglo-Saxon and Contemporary European Saddlery
      Angela Care Evans
      The Medieval War Saddle and its Accessories Ann Hyland
      The Saddle of Henry V at Westminster Abbey Library
      Lynda Hickling
      The Conservation of a 16th-Century War Saddle
      Elise Blouet and Ian Beaumont
      The Saddle from Unicorn Passage, Southwark Hazel
      Forsyth
      Conservation of the Saddle from Unicorn Passage,
      Southwark Robert Payton
      Saddles of the Stuart Period Lauren Gilmour
      The History and Development of the Side-Saddle
      Lindsay Smith
      ISBN: 1873132891 £22.50 / $35.00
      Paperback
      124 pages Pages
      52 colour Illustrations
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