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"Hwr Cwom Mearh?: The Horse in Anglo-Saxon England"
Sarah Larratt Keefer
Journal of Medieval History, 22.2 (June), 1996, 115-134

"A study of Anglo-Saxon archaeology, manuscript art, vernacular verse and certain Chronicle entries suggests that oriental equine bloodstock (these being Arabs or Barbs from Frankia) was introduced into England as early as the late ninth century. This new infusion, crossed with the domestic animals,next term improved the horse in size, appearance, endurance and stamina during the tenth century. Legal documents indicate a substantial interest in horse breeding between 960 and 1066, and an examination of the Bayeux Tapestry, in light of the discussion, provides new insights into a comparison between depictions of English and Norman horses." - abstract

Language: English

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