The Italian Tradition of Equestrian Art

Author: Giovanni Battista Tomassini
ISBN: 9780933316386
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At the mid-point of the sixteenth century, a Neapolitan gentleman, Federico Grisone, published, for the first time, a printed book about the art of training the horse "for the use of war" and on the secrets to "emend his defects." The work was a huge and immediate success and was soon emulated by other authors. The new literary genre of equestrian treatises was thus born and its tradition, with ups and downs, became alive and remains vital up to this day. It is no coincidence that this first work was printed in Italy because, between the fifteenth and sixteenth century, it was in that country that a new culture of the court, in which horse riding had a key role was developed. During this time, Italian riding masters were sought out by the members of European courts. The scions of the European aristocracy ventured to Italy to perfect their skill in the art of riding with renowned masters. Following the thread of equestrian treatises, this book traces the history of Italian and European equitation, recounting the rich cultural implications, the evolution of the techniques, and the many connections with the great events of European history. It is a story full of characters surrounded by an aura of legendary skill, of disputes between opposing schools, and of memorable deeds. It is a story that goes from the sixteenth century up to the early twentieth century, when again an Italian, Federico Caprilli, revolutionized the riding world, creating the jumping technique still in use today. This volume is populated with reproductions of paintings and frescos from the period and illustrations from the surveyed texts. A fascinating read, belonging in any serious rider's library. Giovanni Battista Tomassini is a journalist and researcher in the field of literature and history. He is a published author and is also the author of the blog dedicated to the equestrian culture and in particular to the tradition of the Italian Renaissance treatises.

Interspecies Interactions

Author: Sarah Cockram
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351612638
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Interspecies Interactions surveys the rapidly developing field of human-animal relations from the late medieval and early modern eras through to the mid-Victorian period. By viewing animals as authentic and autonomous historical agents who had a real impact on the world around them, this book concentrates on an under-examined but crucial aspect of the human-animal relationship: interaction. Each chapter provides scholarly debate on the methods and challenges of the study of interspecies interactions, and together they offer an insight into the part that humans and animals have played in shaping each other’s lives, as well as encouraging reflection on the directions that human-animal relations may yet take. Beginning with an exploration of Samuel Pepys’ often emotional relationships with the many animals that he knew, the chapters cover a wide range of domestic, working, and wild animals and include case studies on carnival animals, cattle, dogs, horses, apes, snakes, sharks, invertebrates. These case studies of human-animal interactions are further brought to life through visual representation, by the inclusion of over 20 images within the book. From ‘sleeve cats’ to lion fights, Interspecies Interactions encompasses a broad spectrum of relationships between humans and animals. Covering topics such as use, emotion, cognition, empire, status, and performance across several centuries and continents, it is essential reading for all students and scholars of historical animal studies.

The Art of Riding a Horse Or Description of Modern Manege

Author: Baron d’Eisenberg
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 093331681X
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First published in London in 1727, BARON D’EISENBERG’s The Art of Riding a Horse was successfully reprinted many times. Besides being a great horseman, the author was also a gifted writer and skilled at drawing and painting. D’Eisenberg himself drew the famous illustrations for his book, which were subsequently engraved by B. Picart. The illustrations emphasize the subtleties of the art of riding while avoiding “the unnecessary prolixity of speech, in order not to bore” the reader. D’Eisenberg knew that his readership, at the time, was quite familiar with academic horsemanship, so his purpose was to show the correct attitude of the animal and of the rider while performing specific exercises. His descriptions are very clear for the modern reader, and they are rich with interesting detail. “Riders want two things to help them in their training: 1. A visual concept of what they are trying to achieve, and 2. Simple instructions that will give them results. Baron D’Eisenberg’s Art of Riding a Horse provides today’s riders with both elements in easy to follow instructions for riding and training horses to the highest levels of equitation, and with lovely engravings of horses and riders demonstrating the movements performed to perfection. This book is a must-have for any student of high-level equitation. It is also a treasure for the novice rider who wants to set their sights on ideal imagery and descriptions of correctly schooled, beautiful horses in noble performance.” —Sherilyn Allen, translator

Federico Grisone s the Rules of Riding

Author: Federico Grisone
Publisher: Acmrs (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
ISBN: 9780866985055
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"Transcribed and translated from Federico Grisone, Gli ordini di cavalcare (Naples: G. Suganappo, 1550) in the collections of the National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg, Virginia."

Great Books on Horsemanship

Author: Koert Van Der Horst
Publisher: Hes & De Graff Pub B V
ISBN: 9789061944805
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This lavishly illustrated encyclopedic reference work brings together and organizes virtually all the great works on horses published in the late fifteenth to the early nineteenth century.

Becoming Centaur

Author: Monica Mattfeld
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 027107972X
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In this study of the relationship between men and their horses in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, Monica Mattfeld explores the experience of horsemanship and how it defined one’s gendered and political positions within society. Men of the period used horses to transform themselves, via the image of the centaur, into something other—something powerful, awe-inspiring, and mythical. Focusing on the manuals, memoirs, satires, images, and ephemera produced by some of the period’s most influential equestrians, Mattfeld examines how the concepts and practices of horse husbandry evolved in relation to social, cultural, and political life. She looks closely at the role of horses in the world of Thomas Hobbes and William Cavendish; the changes in human social behavior and horse handling ushered in by elite riding houses such as Angelo’s Academy and Mr. Carter’s; and the public perception of equestrian endeavors, from performances at places such as Astley’s Amphitheatre to the satire of Henry William Bunbury. Throughout, Mattfeld shows how horses aided the performance of idealized masculinity among communities of riders, in turn influencing how men were perceived in regard to status, reputation, and gender. Drawing on human-animal studies, gender studies, and historical studies, Becoming Centaur offers a new account of masculinity that reaches beyond anthropocentrism to consider the role of animals in shaping man.

Handbook to Life in Renaissance Europe

Author: Sandra Sider
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195330846
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The word renaissance means "rebirth," and the most obvious example of this phenomenon was the regeneration of Europe's classical Roman roots. The Renaissance began in northern Italy in the late 14th century and culminated in England in the early 17th century. Emphasis on the dignity of man (though not of woman) and on human potential distinguished the Renaissance from the previous Middle Ages. In poetry and literature, individual thought and action were prevalent, while depictions of the human form became a touchstone of Renaissance art. In science and medicine the macrocosm and microcosm of the human condition inspired remarkable strides in research and discovery, and the Earth itself was explored, situating Europeans within a wider realm of possibilities. Organized thematically, the Handbook to Life in Renaissance Europe covers all aspects of life in Renaissance Europe: History; religion; art and visual culture; architecture; literature and language; music; warfare; commerce; exploration and travel; science and medicine; education; daily life.

An Apologie for Poetrie by Sir Philip Sidney

Author: Evelyn S. Shuckburgh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521166217
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When it was first published in 1891, this edition of Sir Philip Sidney's Apologie for Poetrie (or the Defense of Poetry) represented a clear departure from previous editions. The Cambridge Fellow and classical scholar Evelyn S. Shuckburgh set to the task of correcting the numerous errors and alterations which had accumulated over the course of many previous editions, beginning with the folio version of 1598. Shuckburgh's text draws from the collation of seven earlier editions, giving precedence to the first printing of 1595 for which he consulted the copy held in the British Museum. The result is a precise and thorough text, complete with notes, a glossarial index and an introductory description of Sidney's life and works.

Hamlet s Ghost

Author: James Cowan
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 144388149X
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Occasionally a man emerges from history without us knowing him. Duke Vespasiano Gonzaga (1531–91) of Sabbioneta escaped the net of sixteenth century Italy, its history of wars and conflicts, to fashion a life that was uniquely different. He set out to change the way urban man lived. Importantly, he was the first man to build a Città ideale. Sabbioneta is the prototype of all planned cities of the modern era. As a confidant of King Philip II of Spain and a traveller, he quickly acquired a cosmopolitan worldview, which led him to become a uomo universale. It was in this capacity that he designed Sabbioneta as a genuine “little Athens.” His life was fraught with tragedy, however. Not only did he suffer from syphilis, but his personal troubles left him emotionally damaged. The mysterious death of two wives, including the beautiful Diana of Cardona, forced him to find solace in the construction of his ideal city. As nephew to the legendary Giulia Gonzaga – and with her encouragement – the Duke managed to forge a career as a poet, bibliophile, antiquarian, condottiero, urban planner and diplomat, all against the backdrop of New World discovery, the Protestant Reformation, and the Inquisition. This book reveals another fascinating story: Vespasiano Gonzaga’s link to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Like the Prince of Denmark, he reflects the emergence of our modern consciousness. He was a true Renaissance man whose legacy remains with us to this day. As a self-fashioned personality, the Duke made every attempt to place himself at the forefront of events of his time. His life tells us a great deal about how late-Renaissance men exteriorised their inner world in a bid to achieve immortality.