Emma Herbert-Davies

Emma Herbert-Davies


I first came to the University of Leeds in 2014 as a mature student to study a Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities, completing the course with an Award for Academic Excellence. I went on to study a BA (hons) in History (First Class). During my degree I was awarded a two-year Laidlaw Scholarship which focused on cataloguing the Winchester Cabinet, a collection of over 3000 coins, medals and tokens belonging to the University’s Special Collections. I graduated in 2018 and went on to complete a Medieval Studies MA (Distinction). Both my MA and PhD were made possible by funding from the School of History and Institute for Medieval Studies.

I have owned and ridden horses for many decades, competing in eventing, showing, racing and team chasing. My doctoral reseach combines a lifetime’s knowledge of horses with my interest in the Middle Ages.

Research interests

My main research interests focus on the following subject areas in medieval England:

The cultural representation of horses in the Middle Ages

Horse inventories and restaurum equorum 

Medieval horses: their breeeding, training and care.

Horses in military campaigns and tournaments

The terminology, materiality, design and use of equestrian equipment.


  • MA Medieval Studies (Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) History (First class)
  • Foundation Year Arts and Humanites