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Anyone who ever found parks boring should think again. This collection is intended to demonstrate the new diversity of approaches to the subject, and it admirably succeeds in its aim. -- The Agricultural History Review 56.2 The Agricultural History Review 56.2 The extent to which each essay in this collection offers fresh insights underlines the liveliness of current approaches.' -- Landscape History Landscape History There have been few successful attempts to provide a synthetic overview of English park development since Shirleys study in the 1860s. One consequence has been a general failure to grasp the significance of the park as a socioeconomic entity. The nine essays in this excellent volume do not set out to remedy that position - that would require a much larger programme of study and synthesis - but they do demonstrate successfully the range of research materials available, the potential for a genuinely interdisciplinary environmental history of medieval parks, and the importance of such an integrated approach for the informing of strategic conservation plans for surviving historic parklands.' -- Medieval Archaeology Medieval Archaeology haeologyReseña del editor:
The park - a feature of the landscape we always associate with the hunting of deer - played an important role in the psyche of Britain's medieval aristocracy. This well-illustrated book offers a reappraisal of the park by a new generation of landscape researchers, who use a diversity of approaches to assess its economy, ecology and social role. They show how parks actually had many functions other than deer management and hunting; they were integrated into the wider rural economy, and also provided a means by which seigneurial control of the landscape might be demonstrated. They varied considerably across Britain, and are of considerable conservation significance today.
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