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Cavalier: A Tale of Chivalry, Passion, and Great Houses
 
 
Author
Lucy Worsley.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9781596913585
Pages/Publication Date 332/2007
Daedalus Item Code 22836
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The Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces in England and an expert on William Cavendish, Lucy Worsley offers a vivid portrait of this 17th-century nobleman, his household retinue, and the decades surrounding the English Civil War. Cavendish embodied the popular image of a cavalier—courageous and cultured, he was a staunch royalist, a master of manège (the art of teaching horses to dance), and obsessed with building beautiful houses. Along with Cavendish, Worsley also gives us a rich evocation of what sustained him, bringing to life the complex hierarchies within the great houses of the 17th century and revealing a microcosm of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, clandestine marriage, and gossip.

"William Cavendish, poet, ladies' man, and espouser of all things chivalrous and romantic, was a Royalist general during the English Civil War, endured 16 years of exile in Antwerp, and, returning to England in 1660, became the first Duke of Newcastle. Worsley's architectural and domestic history tells Cavendish's story through his various sumptuous homes. From a vast array of sources—blueprints and design plans, inventories and recipe books, the notes of the family doctor and Cavendish's own poetry—Worsley re-creates intimate moments in the life of the household: the sweet smell of Cavendish's morning wine, carried into his bedchamber by his maid, mingles with the 'fading freshness of herbs scattered among the rushes on the floor and the whiff of the night soil'; tired groomsmen enjoy a game of dice in the Great Hall in the hours before dinner."—The New Yorker

 
 
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