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Item Number: 148255
Title: The English Great House and its Setting, c. 1100 - c.1800 : ‘A Necessary and a Pleasant Thing’
Author: Croom, Jane
Record created on 03/05/18
Description: Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 440pp., ca. 300 images, most in color.
Summary: Andrew Boorde, writing in the 1540s, advised the builder of a new house to choose a site which was close to supplies of water and wood but also had a good view. He further recommended having a garden and orchard, while a park full of deer and rabbits was 'a necessary and a pleasant thing to be annexed to a mansion'. Boorde was emphasising the importance of both practical and aesthetic factors in the siting of a great house, and the interplay between these factors also influenced the evolution of houses, their gardens and parks over time. This developmental journey - from medieval manor house in a village to Georgian country house in a landscaped park - forms the subject matter of this important new book. Drawing on a wide range of source materials - architectural and topographical, written and pictorial - historian Jane Croom explains how new houses were built, existing houses were remodelled and their immediate surroundings were redesigned between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries. The book starts with a thematic overview of great houses and their settings and then examines their development chronologically. Reference is made to over 100 different case studies and the book is extensively illustrated with over 300 photographs (most in a sumptuous full colour) of extant houses and reproductions of paintings, engravings, maps and plans depicting earlier or lost buildings and landscapes. There are also informative appendices, a glossary of terms, a comprehensive bibliography and a defiantly-comprehensive index.
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