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Chouchou, the reluctant Knight’s destrier …

May 8th, 2014 by John Royce · The Great Horses

quotation mark“Chouchou started down the Lane with promising speed, but when he scented the carefully laid turf—obviously a thoughtful buffet—he stopped and dropped his head.”

Marti Adrian Gregory‘s miniature of the 13th-century knight Henryk and his trusty steed, Chou Chou, is a humorous rendition of what Meagan calls the “dynamic duo.”

Chou Chou means ‘teacher’s pet’ in French, a name knight Henryk bestows upon his dream mount―a Great Horse of Europe, a destrier―who goes very slowly.

The reluctant knight theme is amusing but perhaps not so unusual … considering how quickly the males of the last few generations dismounted in the face of their ancestor’s traditions, it seems possible there did exist medieval knights whose greatest fears were of their mount.

Chouchou, the reluctant knight's destrier (1240 AD) from Eclipsed by Shadow, Book #1 of THE LEGEND OF THE GREAT HORSE trilogy: (c) Micron Press. Illustration by Marti Adrian.

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The Great Horses: Targa, the Mongolian warpony

April 28th, 2014 by John Royce · The Great Horses

quotation mark“Her grandfather had a saying: sometimes you can trust a horse and sometimes you can’t—
and sometimes you have to.”

The 4th Great Horse Meagan meets in history is a no-nonsense Mongolian warpony she dubs ‘Targa’ … the two bond together in an era when a good horse could make the difference between life and death.

This miniature artwork by Marti Adrian Gregory captures the close partnership the pair develop as they try to outrun the Mongol army and survive medieval life in Europe.

Targa, the Mongolian warpony from 1240 AD ... from Eclipsed by Shadow, Book #1 of THE LEGEND OF THE GREAT HORSE trilogy: (c) Micron Press. Illustration by Marti Adrian.

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The Great Chariot Horse

April 22nd, 2014 by John Royce · The Great Horses

“An eruption of applause broke the spell, swelling as the Imperial team galloped onto the arena floor.”

This striking and highly-detailed miniature artwork by Marti Adrian Gregory shows the personality of each chariot horse from the story! The 3rd Great Horse in history is part of the Emperor’s Quadriga (4-horse chariot).

The team is intentionally made of stallions, according to the custom of the times. The horse on the right, the iguales, is a fleet-footed, skittish stallion of early Arabian blood named Saxon … eager Ajax and trusty Helios are teamed to the yoke … and the terror of the Circus and source of the Emperor’s trouble is the leftmost horse, the popular funales called Cerberus.

The Emperor's chariot team (100 AD) ... from Eclipsed by Shadow, Book #1 of THE LEGEND OF THE GREAT HORSE trilogy: (c) Micron Press

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The Great Horse: Scythian Royal Escort

April 9th, 2014 by John Royce · The Great Horses

The 2nd historic Great Horse wore a headdress according to Scythian custom, but Meagan (and readers) never know him: the animal was sacrificed with a tombful of horses and human attendants to be an escort for a Scythian chieftain in the after-world.

Horse sacrificed in a Scythian tomb (700 BC) from Eclipsed by Shadow, Book #1 of THE LEGEND OF THE GREAT HORSE trilogy

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