rural landscape and horse / 田園と馬

January 20, 2014

1946Sweden001

8 June 1946, Sweden
Centenary of Swedish Agricultural Show
designer: O. Sköld
engraver: S. Ewert

According to a book titled “What on Earth Happened?”, churches owned horses and cleared a lot of woodland, then rent those reclaimed land to farmers – that was the largest force of destruction of ancient forests in the Medieval Europe.

This Swedish stamp is showing a mother horse and a pony in the agricultural field – it rather looks peaceful now, though.

馬の登場を人間の歴史の重大なターニングポイントに数える歴史の本『137億年の物語』は、中世のヨーロッパで教会が馬を所有して森を開墾し、農地を農民に貸して巨大な収益を上げ、それを元に壮麗な聖堂を建てたことを語ります。

今は平和に見える「馬の居る田園風景」ですが、中世のヨーロッパから森が消えた理由はそこにあった、という説もあるのですね。

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