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History talk: The Medieval Warhorse, Ollie Creighton

THE MEDIEVAL WARHORSE

A Talk by Ollie Creighton

Ollie Creighton is a leading player in the Lympstone cricket team, a flamboyant Prince Valentine in the Lympstone Mumming Play, and Professor of Archaeology at Exeter University. He is a compelling and entertaining speaker, and an authority on castles. You may well have seen him on television. He is now leading a study of the Medieval Warhorse, and Lympstone History Society has invited him to come and reveal the findings in the Village Hall on Monday, 23rd October at 7.30pm.

Warhorses jumped into the headlines a few years ago with Michael Morpurgo’s novel about a Devon horse, which became a play, a puppet and a Steven Spielberg film. But that was about the First World War, which saw the last significant use of warhorses in battle. Ollie will be talking about warhorses from 600 years earlier, at the beginning of a military revolution.

The Warhorse Project has carried out the first ever study of archaeological evidence for warhorses in medieval England — from scientific samples extracted from teeth through to analysis of bones, equestrian artefacts and armour, and the sites associated with horse breeding and training. How big do you think a Warhorse was?

Come and hear all about the new and exciting research from the leader of this groundbreaking project – if not from the horse’s mouth.

Tickets are £5, or just £3.50 for members of the History Society

The Bar opens at 6.45pm.

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