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The thesis of my PhD project is that the connection between human and horse at the early modern court represents a key to understanding the transformation of the European nobility, courtly interactions and early modern civilizing processes in general. More specifically my project will examine the equine culture at the court of Christian IV in a time, where the horse, despite of military developments, was and continued to be a core symbol to the king as well as to the nobility. A special focus will be placed on the multifunctional role of the horse as a practical and socializing tool, as symbol of identity and status, and as social psychological “mirror” to the societal elite in a period where increasing demands on courteous behaviour set in at the royal court.

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