Das Pferd und seine besondere Rolle in Großbritannien und Hannover

Translated title of the contribution: The horse and its special significance in Great Britain and Hanover

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In Donna Landry’s words, “Eastern horses transformed English culture”. A deliberate simplification, of course, but by the eighteenth century, Britain began to lead not just in terms of trade and industrialization, but also in the exploits and pursuits of its ‘leisure class’, namely on horseback. The article explores if and how the British brand of horsemanship, in the context of the Hanoverian succession, transferred to the Continent . It demonstrates how the Hanoverian Kings reformed horse breeding and propagated veterinary medicine in their German dominions, partly influenced by and partly ahead of, the British development. It also investigates how the concept of the horse as an ideal image of outer and inner beauty developed, placing British animal painting and British eighteenth-century literature at the core of the argument. And, using popular culture and caricature, it shows how the political imagery of the ‘Hanoverian Horse’ (as a representation of the royal family) developed in this context. The article was commissioned for the volume of essays accompanying the major exhibition, held at several venues across Hanover, in celebration of the anniversary of the Hanoverian succession.
Translated title of the contributionThe horse and its special significance in Great Britain and Hanover
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationAls die Royals aus Hannover kamen
Subtitle of host publicationHannovers Herrscher auf Englands Thron 1714-1837
EditorsKatja Lembke
Place of PublicationDresden
PublisherSandstein Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783954980864
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2014


  • CULTURAL TRANSMISSION, sports, political iconography, horsemanship, animal painting, horse breeding, history of veterinary medicine


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