Friday, October 12, 2012
Knights and Warhorses, by Andrew Ayton
This has rich information on horse values, primarily in the armies of Edward III, and how they changed over time. In the 1360s, most warhorses were valued at between 5 pounds and 20 marks (13.3 pounds). The archers' hackneys were frequently valued at a pound each. This represents a significant reduction in the proportion of high quality horses since Edward's earlier campaigns in France, probably as the English men-at-arms reacted to their own increasing tendency to fight dismounted.