a medieval minute: aside or stride?

This queen is riding astride.

This queen is riding astride.

It’s unclear in medieval times if women rode astride or aside.

Women on military campaigns are usually depicted riding astride. Can you imagine Joan of Arc riding aside?

A woman warrior riding astride.

A woman warrior riding astride.

It seems from the evidence of medieval illustrations that women were more likely to ride aside in the later middle ages. Riding aside seems impractical, dangerous, and uncomfortable.

This looks uncomfortable.

This looks uncomfortable.

I wouldn't look forward to a long journey riding like this.

I wouldn’t look forward to a long journey riding like this.

To learn more about the medieval world, read my forthcoming book, The Viscountess and the Templars.

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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