Gardens of The Middle Ages by Stokstad and Stannard
“Gardens of the Middle Ages” is a book written by John F. Stockstad and Cassandra Potts Stannard that explores the history of medieval gardens in Europe. The book was first published in 1983 and has since become a valuable resource for scholars and garden enthusiasts interested in the evolution of garden design and horticultural practices during the Middle Ages.
The book is divided into six chapters, each of which focuses on a specific aspect of medieval gardens. The first chapter provides an introduction to the history of medieval gardens, including their origins in ancient Roman and Islamic gardens. The second chapter examines the various types of medieval gardens, including monastic, royal, and private gardens. The third chapter explores the symbolism and iconography of medieval gardens, including their association with religious and mythological themes.
The fourth chapter covers the horticultural practices of medieval gardens, including the use of medicinal plants, spices, and flowers. The fifth chapter focuses on the art and architecture of medieval gardens, including the design of garden features such as fountains, pavilions, and mazes. Finally, the sixth chapter examines the legacy of medieval gardens and their influence on garden design in subsequent periods.
Throughout the book, Stockstad and Stannard draw on a range of sources, including medieval texts, illuminated manuscripts, and archaeological evidence. The book is illustrated with numerous photographs, drawings, and reproductions of medieval artworks, providing a rich visual context for the discussion of medieval gardens.
Overall, “Gardens of the Middle Ages” offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of garden design and horticultural practices during the Middle Ages. It provides a detailed and insightful examination of the various types of medieval gardens, as well as their symbolism, art, and architecture, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of gardens and garden design.
Quarto; paperback; 224pp., colour and b&w illustrations. Some creasing on Spine.
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