Elysium Britannicum Or the Royal Gardens

Elysium Britannicum  Or the Royal Gardens

The work also displays many of Evelyn's own illustrations, including drawings of garden layouts, diagrams of inventions for plant and tree cultivation, and plans for the artificial and natural embellishment of the land, all of which were to ...

Author: John Evelyn

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812235363

Category: Architecture

Page: 492

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In a letter to Sir Thomas Browne about his proposed magnum opus on gardens, John Evelyn stated his purpose: "to refine upon some particulars, especially concerning the ornaments of Gardens, which I shal endeavor so to handle that persons of all conditions and faculties, which delight in Gardens, may therein encounter something for their owne advantage." In his Elysium Britannicum, or The Royal Gardens, Evelyn indeed produced a rich document, an assemblage of the horticultural knowledge and wisdom of the seventeenth century. An intriguing intellectual whom many have called a virtuoso, Evelyn was a garden designer, a noted author and translator of garden books, and a founding member of the Royal Society in 1660, where experimental science was at the heart of intellectual debate. Interlacing in his work practical, literary, and philosophical approaches to landscape architecture, Evelyn created the first large-scale encyclopedic work on the science and art of gardening. Evelyn never saw his great work published. Until now, the entire Elysium Britannicum, or The Royal Gardens has never appeared in print. In an impressive transcription, John E. Ingram makes the document--of which only a single folio volume remains--accessible to a wide range of scholars. Complete with Evelyn's extensive marginalia, interlineations, and tipped-in addenda, the manuscript is expertly organized by Ingram to preserve the meaningful complexity of Evelyn's original. The Elysium Britannicum, or The Royal Gardens was composed over a period of forty years, and Ingram's transcription reveals the challenge Evelyn faced in writing in--and for--a rapidly evolving intellectual culture. The work also displays many of Evelyn's own illustrations, including drawings of garden layouts, diagrams of inventions for plant and tree cultivation, and plans for the artificial and natural embellishment of the land, all of which were to contribute to the beauty and utility of the gardens.
Categories: Architecture

Landschaften G rten Literaturen

Landschaften   G  rten   Literaturen

... Quellen von John Evelyns Elysium Britannicum Der englische Gelehrte John Evelyn (1620–1706) ist als Tagebuchautor ... Elysium Britannicum, or The Royal Gardens, die zu seinen Lebzeiten nur in Teilen veröffentlicht wurde und deren ...

Author: Irmela von der Lühe

Publisher: Akademische Verlagsgemeinschaft München

ISBN: 9783960910008

Category: Science

Page: 488

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Forschungen zur Geschichte der Gartenkultur, zu moderner Landschaftsarchitektur und zu Gärten und Landschaften in der Literatur sind einer der Forschungsschwerpunkte des Zentrums für Gartenkunst und Landschaftsarchitektur (CGL) der Leibniz Universität Hannover. Der Band 19 der CGL-Studies bietet wichtige neue Erkenntnisse zum Zusammenhang von Literatur- und Sprachwissenschaften einerseits und den "Garten"-Wissenschaften andererseits.Fachleute aus den verschiedenen Disziplinen haben sich anlässlich des 70. Geburtstags von Hubertus Fischer mit einer faszinierenden Vielfalt neuer Fragen den Gärten und Landschaften in und außerhalb der Literatur genähert. Die Beiträge des Bandes entwickeln u. a. "Transdisziplinäre Blicke auf akademische Landschaften", stellen "Reflexionen über Landschaften und Gärten in Mittelalter und früher Neuzeit" an oder wandeln "Auf den Spuren Theodor Fontanes". Es geht dabei immer wieder um Beziehungen zwischen realen und "Stimmungslandschaften", um Imaginationen von Natur und Landschaft und "Landschaften der Leidenschaft" bis hin zu den Gebirgslandschaften der Schweiz und der Klosterlandschaft Chorin. Ein Kapitel mit "Kulturgeschichtlichen Perspektiven und Fallstudien" rundet den Band ab und fragt z. B. nach "religiösen" Landschaften oder nach urbanen Utopien in literarischen Texten der Gegenwart.Mit Beiträgen von:Roland Berbig, Regina Dieterle, Konrad Ehlich, Jan Gehlsen, Harald Haferland, Karsten Jørgensen, Detlef Karg, Dieter Kartschoke, Wolfgang Keim, Hansjörg Küster, Günther Mensching, Gerd Michelsen, Maria E. Müller, Günter Nagel, Hubert Orlowski, Volker Remmert, Miriam Riekenberg, Werner Röcke, Michael Rohde, Georg Ruppelt, Vanessa Rusch, Carola Schelle-Wolff, Norbert Rob Schittek, Ralf Schnell, Hille von Seggern, Sigrid Thielking, Donata Valentien, Florian Vaßen, Berbeli Wanning, Udo Weilacher, Tanja Weiß, Clemens Alexander Wimmer, Maria Wojtczak
Categories: Science

John Evelyn s Elysium Britannicum and European Gardening

John Evelyn s  Elysium Britannicum  and European Gardening

ELYSIUM BRITANNICUM ROYAL GARDENS OR THE pager : IN THREE BOOKS . Promiffis premiadis , c . pia P BOOK 1 . Chap : 1 A Garden derived , and defined , with its diffinitions and fortse Of a Gardiner , and how he is to be qualified . 3.

Author: Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture (17, 1993, Washington, DC)

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks

ISBN: 0884022404

Category: Architecture

Page: 310

View: 366

John Evelyn (1620-1706) was a pivotal figure in 17th-century intellectual life in England. The contributors approach him and his work from diverse disciplines: architectural and intellectual history and histories of science, agriculture, gardens, and literature. They present the "Elysium Britannicum" as a central document of late European humanism.
Categories: Architecture

Wasteland

Wasteland

See D. Carey, “Compiling Nature's History: Travellers and Travel Narratives in the Early Royal Society,” Annals ... asJohn Evelyn, Elysium Britannicum, or the Royal Gardens (Philadelphia: University ofPennsylvania Press, 2000).

Author: Vittoria Di Palma

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300197792

Category: Architecture

Page: 265

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In an eloquent history of landscape and land use, Vittoria Di Palma takes on the “anti-picturesque”—how landscapes that elicit fear and disgust have shaped our conceptions of beauty and the sublime.
Categories: Architecture

The Marvels of the World

The Marvels of the World

John Evelyn, Elysium Britannicum, or The Royal Gardens John Evelyn (1620–1706) was both a gardener at his own estates at Wotton and Sayes Court and a prolific writer. Well traveled and infinitely curious about the natural world, ...

Author: Rebecca Bushnell

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812297812

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 384

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Long before the Romantics embraced nature, people in the West saw the human and nonhuman worlds as both intimately interdependent and violently antagonistic. With its peerless selection of ninety-eight original sources concerned with the natural world and humankind's place within it, The Marvels of the World offers a corrective to the still-prevalent tendency to dismiss premodern attitudes toward nature as simple or univocal. Gathering together medical texts, herbals, and how-to books, as well as scientific, religious, philosophical, and poetic works dating from antiquity to the dawn of the Enlightenment, the anthology explores both mainstream and unconventional thinking about the natural world. Its seven parts focus on philosophy and science; plants; animals; weather and climate; ways of inhabiting the land; gardens and gardening; and European encounters with the wider world. Each section and each of the book's selections is prefaced with a helpful introduction by volume editor Rebecca Bushnell that weaves connections among these compelling pieces of the past. The early writers collected here wrote with extraordinary openness about ways of coexisting with the nonhuman forces that shaped them, Bushnell demonstrates, even as they sought to control and exploit their environment. Taken as a whole, The Marvels of the World reveals how many of these early writers cared as much about the natural world as we do today.
Categories: Literary Collections

Gardens Knowledge and the Sciences in the Early Modern Period

Gardens  Knowledge and the Sciences in the Early Modern Period

And as he turned away from Lucretius, I think he also saw the “Elysium Britannicum” as a safer way to contribute to ... masterwork's treatment of his subject would be within firm boundaries: ELYSIUM BRITANNICUM OR THE ROYAL GARDENS IN ...

Author: Hubertus Fischer

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 9783319263427

Category: Mathematics

Page: 374

View: 829

This volume focuses on the outstanding contributions made by botany and the mathematical sciences to the genesis and development of early modern garden art and garden culture. The many facets of the mathematical sciences and botany point to the increasingly “scientific” approach that was being adopted in and applied to garden art and garden culture in the early modern period. This development was deeply embedded in the philosophical, religious, political, cultural and social contexts, running parallel to the beginning of processes of scientization so characteristic for modern European history. This volume strikingly shows how these various developments are intertwined in gardens for various purposes.
Categories: Mathematics

Baroque Garden Cultures

Baroque Garden Cultures

The botanical garden of Florence ( photo : from Pierantonio Micheli , Catalogus Plantarum ... Florence , 1748 ] ) Woodlaw Chorwm Morenting ... See also John Evelyn , Elysium Britannicum or The Royal Gardens , John E. Ingram , ed .

Author: Michel Conan

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks

ISBN: 0884023044

Category: History

Page: 433

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Baroque Garden Cultures: Emulation, Sublimation, Subversion proposes a new approach to the study of baroque gardens, examining the social reception of gardens as a means to understand garden culture in general and exploring baroque gardens as a feature of baroque cultures in particular. In so doing, it negotiates a turning point in garden history. Jose Antonio Maravall determined that baroque culture grew out of the social and economic crises of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, precipitating the establishment of the state and its concomitant engines of repression and propaganda. This absolutist state deployed the arts as a political means to dazzle society into submission to the monarch. The varying degrees of state control allowed for diverse cultural and political reception of the arts to emerge and for the possibility of anti-baroque arts to develop alongside baroque ones. This possibility invites us to understand the conditions of artistic production as a preamble to aesthetic criticism and to position garden history within the framework of social history. Such an approach explores and explains the vexing differences in baroque art and landscape architecture in different countries and at different times from the end of the sixteenth century to the present. Although primarily associated with Europe, baroque culture developed elsewhere as well. Gardens played a prominent role in the development of the European baroque, with variations due to the different political systems and social structures in place between 1580 and 1770. These countries nevertheless entertained a dense network of cultural relationships and the reception of baroque gardens can thus be studied in an international context. This study of gardens ranging from western and northern Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to as far away as twelfth-century China shows how the study of audience reception can renew our understanding of hte cultural role of gardens. Gardens have a life of their own and this book's various chapters ponder how they might have been formative of culture in a way that completely escaped the intentions of their creators and designers. This volume also studies the changing reception of gardens long after they were designed, including the reception of historical gardens by contemporary tourists and art critics. Baroque Garden Cultures demonstrates that while baroque garden politics encouraged emulation and led to various forms of sublimation of its attempts at cultural control, it could not ultimately escape clever means of subversion.
Categories: History

Alchemical Belief

Alchemical Belief

“Curiosities to Adorn Cabinets and Gardens.” In The Origins of Museums: The Cabinet of ... Garden and Grove: The Italian Renaissance Garden in the English Imagination: 1600-1750. ... In Elysium Britannicum, or The Royal Gardens, ed.

Author: Bruce Janacek

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271050140

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 584

What did it mean to believe in alchemy in early modern England? In this book, Bruce Janacek considers alchemical beliefs in the context of the writings of Thomas Tymme, Robert Fludd, Francis Bacon, Sir Kenelm Digby, and Elias Ashmole. Rather than examine alchemy from a scientific or medical perspective, Janacek presents it as integrated into the broader political, philosophical, and religious upheavals of the first half of the seventeenth century, arguing that the interest of these elite figures in alchemy was part of an understanding that supported their national--and in some cases royalist--loyalty and theological orthodoxy. Janacek investigates how and why individuals who supported or were actually placed at the traditional center of power in England's church and state believed in the relevance of alchemy at a time when their society, their government, their careers, and, in some cases, their very lives were at stake.
Categories: Religion

A Man Very Well Studyed

 A Man Very Well Studyed

... accepting advice and information on gardens for his massive Elysium Britannicum; and slightly later, ... Elysium Britannicum did not appear in Evelyn's lifetime; see Evelyn J., Elysium Britannicum, or The Royal Gardens, ed.

Author: Katherine Murphy

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004171732

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 314

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This volume of essays on Thomas Browne aims to set the man and his works in new contexts. Drawing on new research into his reading, readers, biography, manuscripts, and politics, a new picture of Browne and his writing emerges, clarifying his relationship to seventeenth-century English and European culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

John Evelyn, Elysium Britannicum or The Royal Garden, ed. John E. Ingram, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001 (hereafter Elysium Britannicum), p. 31. SP diary, vii, p. 247, 4 September 1666. The publication in question was Plantarum ...

Author: Margaret Willes

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300221398

Category: Cabinet officers

Page: 282

View: 109

Introduction: curiouser and curiouser -- 'The world do not grow old at all' -- Two worlds -- The decade of the diaries -- Prodigious revolutions -- 'Even private families are ... the best of governments' -- Private lives -- 'I do indulge myself a little the more in pleasure' -- Take nobody's word for it -- Pleasure above all things -- Hortulan affairs -- Exotic extravagances -- The affection which we have to books -- Epilogue: and so to bed -- Appendix: the true domestick intelligence
Categories: Cabinet officers

Green Desire

Green Desire

Imagining Early Modern English Gardens Rebecca Weld Bushnell. dener and virtuoso or “curious" man for whom gardening was an intellectual passion.* Like many of the virtuosi of his time, ... Elysium Britannicum, or The Royal Gardens, ed.

Author: Rebecca Weld Bushnell

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501722455

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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For Rebecca Bushnell, English gardening books tell a fascinating tale of the human love for plants and our will to make them do as we wish. These books powerfully evoke the desires of gardeners: they show us gardeners who, like poets, imagine not just what is but what should be. In particular, the earliest English garden books, such as Thomas Hill's The Gardener's Labyrinth or Hugh Platt's Floraes Paradise, mix magical practices with mundane recipes even when the authors insist that they rely completely on their own experience in these matters. Like early modern "books of secrets," early gardening manuals often promise the reader power to alter the essential properties of plants: to make the gillyflower double, to change the lily's hue, or to grow a cherry without a stone. Green Desire describes the innovative design of the old manuals, examining how writers and printers marketed them as fiction as well as practical advice for aspiring gardeners. Along with this attention to the delights of reading, it analyzes the strange dignity and pleasure of garden labor and the division of men's and women's roles in creating garden art. The book ends by recounting the heated debate over how much people could do to create marvels in their own gardens. For writers and readers alike, these green desires inspired dreams of power and self-improvement, fantasies of beauty achieved without work, and hopes for order in an unpredictable world—not so different from the dreams of gardeners today.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Royal Gardens of the World

Royal Gardens of the World

21 Celebrated Gardens from the Alhambra to Highgrove and Beyond Mark Lane ... John Evelyn's 'Elysium Britannicum'and European Gardening, Dumbarton Oaks, 1998 Amina-Aicha Malek (Ed.), Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology, Peter Lang AG, ...

Author: Mark Lane

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780857839282

Category: Gardening

Page: 240

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The book is a sumptuous exploration of 21 of the world's most celebrated royal gardens, from the formal splendour of Versailles to the organic, sustainable Highgrove. In mainland Europe you can journey from the formal splendour of Het Loo in the Netherlands and Fontainebleau in France to the Baroque World Heritage Site of the Royal Palace of Caserta in Southern Italy. Further afield still lies the Taj Mahal in India and the Peterhof Palace in Russia. Each featured garden will include the history, plantings and evolution of the garden as well as plant portraits of key plants and information about the design and layout of each. Countries included are: England, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, India, Bali and Japan. This inspiring global selection of royal gardens is a perfect gift for any gardening enthusiast or armchair traveller and takes the reader on a journey of architecturally significant houses and their classic gardens as well as providing planting ideas that range from modest to grand, simple to ornate.
Categories: Gardening

Nature in German History

Nature in German History

On garden culture in the Middle Ages, see Dieter Hennebo, Die Gärten des Mittelalters (Munich, 1987). ... Elysium Britannicum by the seventeenth-century virtuoso John Evelyn: Elysium Britannicum or the Royal Gardens, John E. Ingram, ed.

Author: Christof Mauch

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781789205954

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 745

Published in Association with the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. Germany is a key test case for the burgeoning field of environmental history; in no other country has the landscape been so thoroughly politicized throughout its past as in Germany,and in no other country have ideas of 'nature' figured so centrally in notions of national identity. The essays collected in this volume — the first collection on the subject in either English or German — place discussions of nature and the human relationship with nature in their political co texts. Taken together, they trace the gradual shift from a confident belief in humanity ’s ability to tame and manipulate the natural realm to the Umweltbewußtsein driving the contemporary conservation movement. Nature in German History also documents efforts to reshape the natural realm in keeping with ideological beliefs — such as the Romantic exultation of 'the wild' and the Nazis' attempts to eliminate 'foreign' flora and fauna — as well as the ways in which political issues have repeatedly been transformed into discussions of the environment in Germany.
Categories: History

Sites of Mediation

Sites of Mediation

36 In Elysium Evelyn suggests that a profound knowledge of the elements and the constellations is fundamental for the cultivation of the garden, ... 36 Evelyn John, Elysium Britannicum: Or the Royal Gardens in Three Books, ed.

Author: Susanna Burghartz

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004325760

Category: History

Page: 430

View: 289

This book explores the relationships between sites, people, objects, and images during the early globalization. It investigates interconnections and entanglements on both micro and macro levels, and aims to understand the dynamics of processes of translocal and transcultural intersection.
Categories: History

A World of Gardens

A World of Gardens

8 See John Evelyn, Elysium Britannicum: Or the Royal Gardens, ed. John Ingram (Philadelphia, 2000). 9 See my Garden and Grove: The Italian Renaissance Garden in the English Imagination, 1600–1750 (London, 1986; new paperback edition, ...

Author: John Dixon Hunt

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781780233789

Category: Gardening

Page: 368

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A Japanese garden is immediately distinct to the eye from the traditional gardens of an English manor house, just as the manicured topiaries of Versailles contrast with the sharp cacti of the American Southwest. Though gardening is beloved the world over, the style of gardens themselves varies from region to region, determined as much by culture as climate. In this series of illustrated essays, John Dixon Hunt takes us on a world tour of different periods in the making of gardens. Hunt shows here how cultural assumptions and local geography have shaped gardens and their meaning. He explores our continuing responses to land and reworkings of the natural world, encompassing a broad range of gardens, from ancient Roman times to early Islamic and Mughal gardens, from Chinese and Japanese gardens to the invention of the public park and modern landscape architecture. A World of Gardens looks at key chapters in garden history, reviewing their significance past and present and tracing the recurrence of different themes and motifs in the design and reception of gardens throughout the world. A World of Gardens celebrates the idea that similar experiences of gardens can be found in many different times and places, including sacred landscapes, scientific gardens, urban gardens, secluded gardens, and symbolic gardens. Featuring two hundred images, this book is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration, whether your garden is a window box, a secluded backyard, or a daydream.
Categories: Gardening

The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

John Evelyn, Elysium Britannicum or The Royal Gardens, ed. John E. Ingram (Philadelphia, 2001), 31. Evelyn, Elysium Britannicum, 29. On this theme, see Anthony Low, The Georgic Revolution (Princeton, 1985). Abraham Cowley, 'The Garden'; ...

Author: Patrick Cheney

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191077791

Category: History

Page: 808

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The Oxford History of Classical Reception (OHCREL) is designed to offer a comprehensive investigation of the numerous and diverse ways in which literary texts of the classical world have stimulated responses and refashioning by English writers. Covering the full range of English literature from the early Middle Ages to the present day, OHCREL both synthesizes existing scholarship and presents cutting-edge new research, employing an international team of expert contributors for each of the five volumes. OHCREL endeavours to interrogate, rather than inertly reiterate, conventional assumptions about literary 'periods', the processes of canon-formation, and the relations between literary and non-literary discourse. It conceives of 'reception' as a complex process of dialogic exchange and, rather than offering large cultural generalizations, it engages in close critical analysis of literary texts. It explores in detail the ways in which English writers' engagement with classical literature casts as much light on the classical originals as it does on the English writers' own cultural context. This second volume, and third to appear in the series, covers the years 1558-1660, and explores the reception of the ancient genres and authors in English Renaissance literature, engaging with the major, and many of the minor, writers of the period, including Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser, and Jonson. Separate chapters examine the Renaissance institutions and contexts which shape the reception of antiquity, and an annotated bibliography provides substantial material for further reading.
Categories: History

The Poetics of Scientific Investigation in Seventeenth Century England

The Poetics of Scientific Investigation in Seventeenth Century England

80 John Worlidge, Vinetum Britannicum, 2nd edn (1678), 18; William Lawson, A New orchard and Garden (1618), 27. 81 Evelyn, Acetaria, 5; 100; 4 (for acetaria, ... 85 John Evelyn, Elysium Britannicum, or the Royal Gardens, ed.

Author: Claire Preston

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191009976

Category: Science

Page: 304

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The writing of science in the period 1580-1700 is artfully, diffidently, carelessly, boldly, and above all self-consciously literary. The Poetics of Scientific Investigation in Seventeenth-Century English Literature considers the literary textures of science writing — its rhetorical figures, neologisms, its uses of parody, romance, and various kinds of verse. The experimental and social practices of science are examined through literary representations of the laboratory, of collaborative retirement, of virtual, epistolary conversation, and of an imagined paradise of investigative fellowship and learning. Claire Preston argues that the rhetorical, generic, and formal qualities of scientific writing are also the intellectual processes of early-modern science itself. How was science to be written in this period? That question, which piqued natural philosophers who were searching for apt conventions of scientific language and report, was initially resolved by the humanist rhetorical and generic skills in which they were already highly trained. At the same time non-scientific writers, enthralled by the developments of science, were quick to deploy ideas and images from astronomy, optics, chemistry, biology, and medical practices. Practising scientists and inspired laymen or quasi-scientists produced new, adjusted, or hybrid literary forms, often collapsing the distinction between the factual and the imaginative, between the rhetorically ornate and the plain. Early-modern science and its literary vehicles are frequently indistinguishable, scientific practice and scientific expression mutually involved. Among the major writers discussed are Montaigne, Bacon, Donne, Browne, Lovelace, Boyle, Sprat, Oldenburg, Evelyn, Cowley, and Dryden.
Categories: Science

Material World

Material World

Evelyn spent nearly his entire life working on an encyclopedia of gardening, entitled Elysium Britannicum, or The Royal Gardens.11 In the twelfth chapter, on 'Artificial Echo's, Musick, & Hydraulick Motions', Evelyn explains that the ...

Author: Guy Hedreen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004461376

Category: History

Page: 328

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Scholars from ancient and early modern studies, art history, literary criticism, philosophy, and the history of science explore the interplay between nature, science, and art in influential ancient texts and their reception in the Renaissance.
Categories: History

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

Elysium Britannicum; or, The Royal Gardens. Philadelphia, 2000. A new transcription of Evelyn's major manuscript work on gardening. Samuel Lord Bishop of Oxford, ed. The Life of Mrs. Godolphin. London, 1847.

Author: David Scott Kastan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195169218

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 2656

View: 408

A comprehensive reference presents over five hundred full essays on authors and a variety of topics, including censorship, genre, patronage, and dictionaries.
Categories: Literary Collections

The Medieval and Early Modern Garden in Britain

The Medieval and Early Modern Garden in Britain

“John Evelyn and His 'Elysium Britannicum'.” In Elysium Britannicum, or the Royal Gardens, edited by John E. Ingram, 1–10. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Lawson, William, 1618. A New Orchard and Garden. London.

Author: Patricia Skinner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351051408

Category: History

Page: 172

View: 523

What was a "garden" in medieval and early modern British culture and how was it imagined? How did it change as Europe opened up to the wider world from the 16th century onwards? In a series of fresh approaches to these questions, the contributors offer chapters that identify and discuss newly-discovered pre-modern garden spaces in archaeology and archival sources, recognize a gendered language of the garden in fictional descriptions ("fictional" here being taken to mean any written text, regardless of its purpose), and offer new analysis of the uses to which gardens - real and imagined - might be put. Chapters investigate the definitions, forms and functions of physical gardens; explore how the material space of the garden was gendered as a secluded space for women, and as a place of recreation; examine the centrality of garden imagery in medieval Christian culture; and trace the development of garden motifs in the literary and artistic imagination to convey the sense of enclosure, transformation and release. The book uniquely underlines the current environmental "turn" in the humanities, and increasingly recognizes the value of exploring human interaction with the landscapes of the past as a route to health and well-being in the present.
Categories: History