Transportation of Horses by Sea During the Era of the Crusades Eighth Century to 1285 AD Part II: 1228-1285

By John H Pryor, published May 1982


During the Late Middle Ages the Crusades of Louis IX and the wars of the Angevin Kingdom of Sicily and Naples required extensive transport of armies and in particular their horses to the East; this involved both freight passage and assault landing. Drawing on accounts of chroniclers and the registers of Charles I of Anjou, Pryor discusses the logistical complexity in the carriage of armies by sea during the period, considering the differences in design and operation between Western European round ships and Genoese taride, bearing in mind particular design modifications to vessels to optimise them for equine transport.

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Filed under: Late Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Logistics | Shipbuilding & Design

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