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Medieval English Gardens.

Author: Teresa McLean
Publisher: Dover Publications, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From castle to cottage, nearly every medieval dwelling possessed an enclosed plot for growing herbs, food, and flowers. This illustrated survey of gardening lore from the era between the Norman Conquest and the Renaissance reveals a wealth of ancient secrets. Drawn from obscure sources -- scraps of parchment from account rolls, charters, surveys, and registers -- the book provides hitherto inaccessible knowledge  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Teresa McLean
ISBN: 130680020X 9781306800204 9780486794945 0486794946
OCLC Number: 880409199
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Acknowlegements; Illustrations; Introduction; 1 The Monastic Garden; 2 'For the Enjoyment of Rest and Quiet': Gardens in Cities and Towns; 3 Castle, Palace and Manor House Gardens; 4 Love Gardens; 5 'Many a Fresh and Sundry Flower'; 6 The Herb Garden; 7 The Vegetable Patch; 8 Orchard, Fruit and Tree Gardens; 9 Vineyards; Bibliography; Index.

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From castle to cottage, nearly every medieval dwelling possessed an enclosed plot for growing herbs, food, and flowers. This illustrated survey of gardening lore from the era between the Norman Conquest and the Renaissance reveals a wealth of ancient secrets. Drawn from obscure sources -- scraps of parchment from account rolls, charters, surveys, and registers -- the book provides hitherto inaccessible knowledge about the plans, organization, and common uses of gardens in the pre-industrial world. Both an excellent work of scholarship and a fascinating read, the book examines the location, ownership, purpose, layout, overall appearance, fashions, and workmanship of English gardens. It further explores the gardens' colorful and fragrant contents, describing castle gardens, pleasure gardens, lovers' gardens, and secret gardens. Other subjects include infirmary gardens, herbariums, kitchen gardens, and flowery meads in addition to the cultivation of orchards, vineyards, and beehives.

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