The master of dressage

Dominic Sewell traces the development of an ancient method of mounted combat into an Olympic sport, and looks at a 17th-century royalist whose virtuoso horsemanship still influences modern dressage

"Dressage, from the French word “dresser”, was initially a means of training cavalry horses," explains Dominic Sewell. (Culture Club/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the July 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

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