“‘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 2017.

“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. Forthcoming, 2017


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