Cavalier: A Tale of Chivalry, Passion, and Great Houses by Lucy WorsleyFrom the Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces in England, a vivid portrait of a seventeenth-century nobleman, his household, and the dramatic decades surrounding the English Civil War.
William Cavendish embodied the popular image of a cavalier. He was both courageous and cultured. His passions were architecture, horses, and women. And, along with the whole courtly world of King Charles I and his cavaliers, he was doomed to failure.
Cavendish was a master of manège (the art of teaching horses to dance) and obsessed with building beautiful houses in the latest style. He taught Charles Is son to ride, and was the general of the kings army in the north during the Civil War. Famously defeated at the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644, he went into a long continental exile before returning to England in triumph on the restoration of King Charles II to the throne in 1660.
This is the story of one remarkable man, but it is also a rich evocation of what sustained him—his extraordinary household. Lucy Worsley brings to life the complex and fascinating hierarchies among the inhabitants of the great houses of the seventeenth-century, painting a picture of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, clandestine marriage, and gossip. From Ben Jonson and Anthony Van Dyck to long-forgotten servants, Cavalier is a brilliant illumination of the stately home and its inhabitants. The households cacophony and stink as well as its ceremony and splendor come to life.
ISBN 13: 9781596913585
William Cavendish was 14 years old when Bess of Hardwick, his four-times married and property-rich grandmother, died in The money she left him was probably intended to set the boy's first foot on the housing ladder; instead, William - who later became the first Duke of Newcastle - spent his modest legacy on a horse, a dog and "a singing boy". The purchase of a horse was a sign of things to come: Cavendish became a royalist aristocrat who enjoyed an international reputation as the outstanding equestrian of his time. Manege the art of guiding one of his splendid Spanish mounts through a series of springs, bounds, twists and elaborate steps was his particular skill. Today, however, we know him better as the leader…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member?
It is easy to see what Lucy Worsley is trying to do in Cavalier. She has written a thesis for a PhD which is chock full of interesting nuggets. The idea has come to her that she should serve them up in a book.
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Buy from other retailers. William Cavendish embodied the popular image of a cavalier. He was both courageous and cultured. His passions were architecture, horses, and women. And, along with the whole courtly world of King Charles I and his cavaliers, he was doomed to failure. He taught Charles I's son to ride, and was the general of the king's army in the north during the Civil War.