|Titre :||Horses for Carrousels and War at the Carolean Court in Sweden (c. 1660 - 1718)|
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|Auteurs :||Jonas Nordin, Auteur|
|Type de document :||document vidéo|
|Année de publication :||2018|
|Format :||19 min.|
EquivocCarrousel ; Époque Moderne (XVIe-XVIIIe) ; Suède
Swedish kings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries fought their enemies sword in hand. Every king from Gustav I in the early 1500’s to Charles XII in the early 1700’s partook in person in warfare. Two of the kings were even killed on the battlefield.
The example set by the kings was believed to be one of the main explanations to the valour of the Swedish soldiers during the Age of Imperial Greatness in the seventeenth century. To command his troops in person was considered a chief obligation for a king, and like Alexander Swedish kings did not demand anything from their soldiers that they were not willing to execute themselves.
Accordingly, horsemanship at the Swedish court was first and foremost considered in relation to warfare. This was, of course, true at many courts, but in Sweden more than elsewhere high-society made a bellicose rather than cultured impression on most observers.
The great carrousel in Stockholm 1672 was modeled upon Louis XIV’s 1662 carrousel, but not only did the Swedish program make topical references to international politics, the contestants also used
uniforms, weaponry and mounts taken as war booty in previous wars. Rather than sporting fanciful court costumes, the participants paraded proper military equipment. This makes the Swedish carrousel a rather singular expression of court culture and horsemanship in the seventeenth century. Preserved images and equipment from the occasion make for a unique display of contemporary as well as historical weaponry and horse attire from the seventeenth century.
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