Authority, Authorship and Aristocratic Identity in Seventeenth-Century England


The lives of William Cavendish, first duke of Newcastle, and his family including, centrally, his second wife, Margaret Cavendish, are intimately bound up with the overarching story of seventeenth-century England: the violently negotiated changes in structures of power that constituted the Civil Wars, and the ensuing Commonwealth and Restoration of the monarchy. William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, and his Political, Social and Cultural Connections: Authority, Authorship and Aristocratic Identity in Seventeenth Century England brings together a series of interrelated essays that present William Cavendish, his family, household and connections as an aristocratic, royalist case study, relating the intellectual and political underpinnings and implications of their beliefs, actions and writings to wider cultural currents in England and mainland Europe.

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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.

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I: Aristocratic Identity

Adrian Woodhouse
Setting the Scenes : the pre-Civil War building works of William Cavendish in context

Elspeth Graham
‘An After-Game of Reputation’: Systems of Representation, William Cavendish and the Battle of Marston Moor

Alison Findlay
Flogging a Dead Horse?: Margaret Cavendish and the Pursuit of Authority

Lisa Hopkins
The Concealed Fancies and Cavendish Identity

Malcolm Airs
Courtly Rivalry: the Context for William Cavendish’s Equestrian Buildings

II: Politics and Authority

Tim Raylor
Hobbes, the Cavendishes and the Science of Motion

Lisa Sarasohn
The Role of Honour in the Life of William Cavendish and the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes

Andy Hopper
William Cavendish as a Military Commander

Madeline Dewhurst
The Double-Edged Sword: William Cavendish’s Political Career in Exile, 1644-60

James Fitzmaurice
Whimsy, Medieval Romance and the Court in the Life of William Cavendish

III: Horsemanship, Authority and Identity

Elaine Walker
‘The Epitome of Horsemanship’: William Cavendish’s Method ‘anatomized’

Monica Mattfeld
Embodying ‘Bonne Homme a Cheval’: William Cavendish and the Politics of the Centaur

Peter Edwards
Manèging to survive: Horsemanship and the Rehabilitation of the Exiled William Cavendish

Richard Nash
William Cavendish: Riding School and Race-Track

Karen Raber
Cavendish’s Horsemanship Treatises and Cultural Capital

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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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