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.

1 comment:

Raynold said...

Interesting little factoid there. Thanks for sharing that. Going to have to check out the book, as that overlaps my greatest period of interest and of course the horses part of it is always at front and center for me.