“Faith, Say a Man Should Steal Ye—and Feed Ye Fatter”: Equine Hunger and Theft in Woodstock

  • Kevin De Ornellas
Part of the Early Modern Cultural Studies book series (EMCSS)


In a letter written on December 31, 1594, John Carey, the Acting Governor of Elizabeth I’s military garrison at Berwick, pleads to William Cecil, the Lord High Treasurer, for urgent assistance with supplies:

On St Stephen’s day the whole horse garrison came to my house, saying they must either sell their horses or let them starve, for they could neither get in “the palace” oats, pease, beans or money—which last they have always hitherto had on a dearth to shift with. “But where there is nothing, it is hard shiftinge.”1


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