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Locus Amoenus: Gardens and Horticulture in the Renaissance

Locus Amoenus: Gardens and Horticulture in the Renaissance

Alexander Samson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-23280-4

Feb 2012

210 pages

$28.99

Description

Locus Amoenus provides a pioneering collection of new perspectives on Renaissance garden history, and the impact of its development. Experts in the field illustrate the extent of our knowledge of how the natural world looked and how humans related to their environment.
  • A ground-breaking collection of new perspectives on garden history
  • Essays demonstrate the extent of our knowledge of how the natural world looked and how humans related to their environment
  • The book's broad coverage includes botany and herbals, literary reflections of changing ideas of landscape and nature, and human's place within it
  • Contributors come from a wide range of experts, including archaeologists, scholars and the librarian and archivist to the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Reflects the growing emergence of this field, which has been assisted both by archaeology and ideas from green studies and environmental criticism
  • Richly illustrated throughout
Notes on contributors ix

Introduction Locus amoenus: gardens and horticulture in the Renaissance
Alexander Samson 1

1 The world of the Renaissance herbal
Brent Elliott 24

2 Clinging to the past: medievalism in the English ‘Renaissance’ garden
Paula Henderson 42

3 River gods: personifying nature in sixteenth-century Italy
Claudia Lazzaro 70

4 Dissembling his art: ‘Gascoigne’s Gardnings’
Susan C. Staub 95

5 ‘My innocent diversion of gardening’: Mary Somerset’s plants
Jennifer Munroe 111

6 Outdoor pursuits: Spanish gardens, the huerto and Lope de Vega’s Novelas a Marcia Leonarda
Alexander Samson
124

7 Experiencing the past: the archaeology of some Renaissance gardens
Brian Dix 151

Index 183