To Amaze the People with Pleasure and Delight
To Amaze the People with Pleasure and Delight (Long Riders' Guild Press, 2010; revised edition Xenophon Press, 2015 )
'William Cavendish wrote that, 'there is nothing of more Use than A Horse of Mannage; nor is anything of more State, Manliness, or Pleasure than Riding'. Throughout his life, he put this belief into practice.'
William Cavendish, first Duke of Newcastle, 1596-1676, was widely acknowledged as an expert in the art of the riding house, which laid the foundations for classical dressage.
This first comprehensive study of Newcastle's two 17th century horsemanship manuals explores their surprising relevance to modern riding as well as their original cultural context.
This is both a rider and a historian's guide to the magnificent texts and is richly illustrated with the 42 engraved plates by Abraham van Diepenbeeck that feature in Newcastle's original work.
Praise for 'To Amaze the People with Pleasure and Delight': the horsemanship manuals of William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle
'I was fascinated by Elaine Walker's book. It clarified many points of interest about the man and his work. It was not only of great use as reference material but is essential reading for anyone who feels that dressage today comes from these great riding masters of the past.'
- Peter Maddison-Greenwell, Director of El Caballo de España and author of Living and Working with the Horse of Spain.
'...a real contribution to knowledge...'
- Boudewijn Commandeur, The Netherlands Institute for Art History.
'Walker's relaxed style makes the importance of this seminal work on horsemanship accessible to a wide readership for the first time'
- Profession Peter Edwards, University of Roehamption.