The Black Country’s Cavalier Ghosts

A blog by Jack Price

The term ‘cavalier’ is an interesting one. It comes from the Italian ‘cavaliere’ and the French ‘chevalier’, meaning horseman, and William Shakespeare uses ‘cavaleros’ to refer to overbearing swashbucklers. Primarily, though, as the Oxford English Dictionary notes, ‘cavalier’ is ‘A name given to those who fought on the side of Charles I in the war between him and Parliament’ and specifically ‘a 17th cent[ury] Royalist’.