|Titre :||Horses and Political Theory in Seventeenth - Century England : The Case of William (1592 - 1676) and Margaret (1623 - 1673) Cavendish|
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|Auteurs :||Stefano Saracino, Auteur|
|Type de document :||document vidéo|
|Année de publication :||2018|
|Format :||22 min.|
EquivocAngleterre ; Époque Moderne (XVIe-XVIIIe) ; Politique
Noms PropresCavendish (William) Duc de Newcastle
The aim of this paper is to reconstruct the connection between the engagement of William Cavendish and his wife Margaret Cavendish, since 1665 Duke and Duchess of Newcastle, with matters concerning the ontology of and interaction with horses and other animals, on one hand, and the status of political thought and communication, on the other.Margaret as a prolific writer of literary and philosophical works and William as a courtier and royalist politician, as practitioner of horsemanship and author of the New Method to Dress Horses from 1667, were in close touch with different issues concerning human-animal-relationships; perhaps the most important one’s being on one side horsemanship and its importance for the creation and reproduction of the aristocratic and monarchic “order of things”, and on the other, the new science concerning animals and their ontology (influenced by Descartes, Hobbes and the Royal Society).
In order to reconstruct the political agenda lying behind the ontological and ethical assumptions of the Cavendishes regarding horses and other animals several political contexts have to be taken into account; from the plans for a renaissance or redirection of horsemanship at the court of James I, which influenced young William Cavendish, to the significance of horses in anti-royalist propaganda during the Civil War, to questions concerning the importance of Machiavelli and Hobbes for the writings of the Cavendishes. William’s hippological writings and practices offer a paramount example of the codes of political communication connected to horsemanship, whose understanding has been lost with the decline of the ‘centauric pact’ (Ulrich Raulff) in modernity.
The purpose of this study is to emphasize that for the Cavendishes the analysis of the animal world was much more than a mere metaphor for the human world, or a divertissement that compensated for the lack of opportunities for political participation. Rather, through this analysis they were propagating a social and political order based on interactions, communications, emotions and excellencies of both noble men and noble animals.
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