Portfolio

Publications

2020    “Defining “Race” in the Spanish Horse,” Horse Breeds and Human Society: Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse ed. Kristen Guest and Monica Mattfield, Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series

2019    “Horsemanship in Habsburg Spain: Libros de Jineta” for publication in Beasts, Humans, and Transhumans in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Volume 19 of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Series, Brepols.

2019    “The Knight with No Horse: Defining Nobility in late Medieval and Early Modern Castile” Sixteenth Century Journal

2019    “Supplying Spanish Horses to European Courts: Transnational Networks in Early Modern Europe” The Court Historian

2017   “‘Muy grandes hombres de acaballo’: New World Horsemanship and Spanish Nobility,” for publication in Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia: In Honor of Teofilo F. Ruiz edited by Gen Liang and Jarbel Rodriguez, Routledge.

Presentations Available Online

Supplying Horses for the Spanish Habsburg Court” Horses & Courts: The Reins of Power, Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century, in collaboration with the Society of Court Studies and the Wallace Collection, March 23, 2018

“Inheriting the joint crowns of Castile and Aragon, Charles V introduced court etiquette from his home of Flanders, the “Burgundian reforms” that enlarged the role and functions of the Royal stables and their head official – the caballerizo real.  In addition to the ceremonial and political importance of this post, actual involvement in running the royal stables was equally crucial to supply horses for the king and his court. Stables and studs developed under Charles V and Philip II reveal a complex network invested in breeding, training and transporting horses for royal use.  This talk refers to multiple sites in this network to present a picture of best practices for maintaining studs and broodmares, the selection of offspring and their transportation to court during its relocation to Madrid in the sixteenth century. It examines hierarchies within the royal studs and the types, functions and classifications of horses found there. This network drew from Aranjuez, Segovia and Cordoba, as well as Naples, Sardinia and the traditional Habsburg family seat, and demonstrates the importance of sourcing horses for producing royal spectacle.”

The Horse in Spanish Society and Conquest” Episode 6 of Historias: The Spanish History Podcast (historiaspodcast.org) edited by Foster Chamberlain, Dec. 2, 2018

“An association between horses and the medieval nobility is built into the Spanish language itself, and horses are frequently cited as a key factor in Spain’s conquest of the Americas. Yet what exactly was the role of the horse in Spanish warfare and society, and how did that role change over time? Kathryn Renton examines these questions in this episode of Historias, from the efforts the medieval Castilian kings to encourage horse ownership to the role of the horse not only in the American conquests but also in the European wars of the early-modern period. One common thread is clear among these wide-ranging topics: more than a military tool, the horse’s true importance lay in its role as a contested social symbol.” –Foster Chamberlain