Started by Shiral, September 05, 2021, 02:11:53 PM
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Quote from: revanne on September 07, 2021, 03:46:07 PMIt's an interesting point about women riding. I can't remember any mention of whether women rode side saddle or astride.
Quote from: Laurna on September 07, 2021, 05:11:56 PMThank you for the correction suggestions for the proper under garments. My bad! In medieval times, women rode astride, they usually kept their linen kirtle dress between themselves and the horse. If they were of any wealth at all, they would have a drape of fabric like a blanket over the saddles to sit on. However, most often, women rode behind the man on a small cushion( pillion) tied behind the saddle. They could ride astride or with their legs to one side because they did not have their feet in stirrups. They held on to the rider before them, usually going no faster than a walk. ]Excellent!
Quote from: Demercia on September 08, 2021, 01:54:52 AMThat is fascinating Laurna. I knew about Anne of Bohemia but not how very late the side saddle as we know it was. So, for instance, someone like Queen Elizabeth 1 of England would probably have ridden astride??
Quote from: LauraS on January 12, 2022, 10:41:33 PMOf course, side saddles are far more dangerous and were the cause of many women's deaths over the centuries.
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