Gardens and gardening in early modern England and Wales.

By: Francis, Jill.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2018Description: xi, 400 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9780300232080.Subject(s): Urban and Landscape Design | Gardening-Wales-History-17th century | Gardening-Wales-History-16th century | Gardening-England-History-17th century | Gardening-England-History-16th centuryDDC classification: 712.609FRA
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The extravagant gardens of the 16th- and 17th-century British aristocracy are well-documented and celebrated, but the more modest gardens of the rural county gentry have rarely been examined. Jill Francis presents new, never-before published material as well as fresh interpretations of previously examined sources to reveal gardening as a practical activity in which a broad spectrum of society was engaged - from the laborers who dug, manured, and weeded, to the gentleman owners who sought to create gardens that both exemplified their personal tastes and displayed their wealth and status. Enhanced by beautiful and compelling illustrations, this book contributes to a broader understanding of early modern society and its culture by situating the activity of gardening within the wider social and cultural concerns of the age, reflecting the anxieties, hopes, and aspirations of people at the time.

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Lavishly illustrated with photographs, prints, paintings, treatises, drawings, sketches, and plans, this wonderful book "sets out to explore what early modern gardeners were doing in their gardens." But it does much more than that. Looking beyond the well-researched, grand creations of the upper nobility, its focus is on the "more ordinary gardens of the rural county gentry." The viewpoint throughout reflects that of a contemporary garden owner, a novel approach Francis, an independent scholar, handles masterfully. Among the topics discussed are available texts of the time period, social and historical contexts, the gardeners themselves and their sites, artificial and natural plants and designs, and two appendixes: a transcript of Thomas Hammer's essay on gardening and a chronology of garden literature published circa 1558­--1660. Francis provides an egalitarian analysis that takes into account "the concerns, anxieties, hopes, and aspirations of people at the time." Exhaustive notes, a list of illustrations, and a select bibliography of primary and secondary sources present to the reader a comprehensive study of this delightful subject. Essential for students, connoisseurs, and scholars of world garden history. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. --Susan Clare Scott, McDaniel College