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Medieval English Gardens

McLean, Teresa

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ISBN 10: 0486781194 / ISBN 13: 9780486781198
Published by Dover Publications
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Num Pages: 312 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DBKE; 3F; 3H; HBJD1; HBLC1; WMB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 141 x 217 x 17. Weight in Grams: 370. . 2014. Reprint. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780486781198

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Title: Medieval English Gardens

Publisher: Dover Publications

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

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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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Teresa McLean was educated at the University of Oxford and pursued research for her PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge. Her many books include The English at Play in the Middle Ages, Men in White Coats: Cricket Umpires Past and Present, Metal Jam: The Story of a Diabetic, and Seized: My Life with Epilepsy.

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