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A Short History of Gardens


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Introduction 1: The Ancient and Medieval Garden 2: The Islamic Garden 3: The East Asian Garden 4: Italy 5: France 6: Spain and Portugal 7: Northern Europe 8: Britain 9: America, Africa, and Australia Postscript: The Future History of the Garden Glossary Further Reading Index

About the Author

Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. In January 2012 he was presented with the Longman History Today Trustees Award (for lifetime contribution to history). He has authored and edited many books for OUP including The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance (2003); Renaissance Art and Architecture (2004); John Milton: Life, Work and Thought (2008; co-author); Bible: the Story of the King James Version, 1611-2011 (2010); and The Hermit in the Garden: from Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome (2013).


`Campbell's text is a deft combination of scholarship with affectionate and informed first-hand experience of gardens visited in seventy countries on every continent. For a history of nine short chapters the scope is breathtaking from the Ancient to the Future, and from Egypt to Australia, taking in East Asia, America, Africa and Europe on the way. This is not so much a whistle-stop tour of the great garden sites of the world, but more a brilliantly condensed cultural history literary, philosophical, religious, horticultural, artistic of gardens that have inspired mankind throughout the ages and continue to engage us as living creations in constant flux.' Timothy Mowl, Emeritus Professor of History of Architecture and Designed Landscapes, University of Bristol

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