PEOPLE AND THEIR WHITE HORSES
the Crusades, Middle Ages and More Recent Times
the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings 1066
"He...sat on a white horse, so that all might
recognize him. In his hand he held a mace."
more about the Battle of Hastings click here.
of Aquitaine circa 1147
Eleanor appeared at Vézelay dressed like an Amazon galloping
through the crowds on a white horse, urging them to join
the crusades. Aged 19, she knelt in the cathedral of Vézelay
before the celebrated Abbé Bernard of Clairvaux offering
him thousands of her vassals for the Second Crusade.
For more about Eleanor and her adventures click here.
of Arc ( 1412-1431) and her White War Horse
shining in the sun, a lone soul sat upon a white war-horse
tall and proud. Helmet at her side, her loose hair whipped
in the wind, a youthful soft loving face peeped beneath.
Her lighted eyes show wisdom that surpasses this earthly
realm".For more about Joan follow this link.
Cid in 11th Century Spain
The Carthusians, an order of monks, were reknowned
for their Andalusian horses in 11th Century Spain .Pedro
El Grande, a monk, was the grandfather of a boy called
Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar. When he came of age Pedro offered
the boy the pick of a herd of beautiful horses. Rodrigo
chose a white foal which he named Babieca, "my stupid
one" which grew into a forminable charger. This white
stallion carried Pedro into battle for some 30 years,
every time to victory. The Saracen enemies called him
El Cid Campeador or My Lord the champion of Warriors.
After the death of El Cid in the battle for Valencia,
one of the last Moorish strongholds in Spain, Babieca
never carried a mount again and died two years later at
the ripe old age of 40.
horses were a blend of mainly Arabian and Berber stock
with some admixture of English blood.They were used with
great success as war horses by the Carthaginians in their
campaigns against the Romans who in turn captured and
bred then for their own purposes.Its not known what percentage
of this original breed were white. The Andalusians of
today are however about 80% white
at the Battle of Waterloo 1815
was seen on a white stallion at Waterloo believed
to be his famous mount Marengo. After the battle, Marengo
was taken to England and put on display at the Waterloo
Rooms on Pall Mall where the crowds pressed in to see
this "White Barb Charger..favourite horse of the
late Emperor". For
a longer account about Marengo, the White Horse, follow
General U.S. Grant and Methuselah in the Civil war
In 1861 General Grant rode Methuselah,his favourite
horse, a white stallion, into Springfield, Illinois.
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