Peter Edwards, D.Phil. (1976: Oxford University) is Professor Emeritus at Roehampton University. He has written extensively on the multi-functional role of horses in pre-modern society. Publications include Horse and man in early modern England (London: 2007).
Elspeth Graham, PhD (1986: University of Manchester) is Professor of Early-Modern Literature at Liverpool John Moores University. She has written on early-modern women's writing, nonconformist literature and animal/human relationships. Her current work is on early play cultures and socio-cultural connections.
Contributors are: Malcolm Airs; Madeleine Dewhurst; Alison Findlay; James Fitzmaurice; Lisa Hopkins; Andrew Hopper; Monica Mattfield; Richard Nash; Karen Raber; Timothy Raylor; Lisa Sarasohn; Elaine Walker; Adrian Woodhouse.
Academic libraries; early-modern scholars; postgraduate and undergraduate students in English/ European Literature; British and European History and Cultural History; History of Ideas; History of Early-Modern Philosophy/Natural History and Experimental Philosophy.
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I: Aristocratic Identity
Setting the Scenes : the pre-Civil War building works of William Cavendish in context
‘An After-Game of Reputation’: Systems of Representation, William Cavendish and the Battle of Marston Moor
Flogging a Dead Horse?: Margaret Cavendish and the Pursuit of Authority
The Concealed Fancies and Cavendish Identity
Courtly Rivalry: the Context for William Cavendish’s Equestrian Buildings
II: Politics and Authority
Hobbes, the Cavendishes and the Science of Motion
The Role of Honour in the Life of William Cavendish and the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes
William Cavendish as a Military Commander
The Double-Edged Sword: William Cavendish’s Political Career in Exile, 1644-60
Whimsy, Medieval Romance and the Court in the Life of William Cavendish
III: Horsemanship, Authority and Identity
‘The Epitome of Horsemanship’: William Cavendish’s Method ‘anatomized’
Embodying ‘Bonne Homme a Cheval’: William Cavendish and the Politics of the Centaur
Manèging to survive: Horsemanship and the Rehabilitation of the Exiled William Cavendish
William Cavendish: Riding School and Race-Track
Cavendish’s Horsemanship Treatises and Cultural Capital