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Queen Elizabeth in the Garden: A Story of Love, Rivalry, and Spectacular Gardens

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Taking a fresh and original approach to the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth I, this book tells the incredible story of her great passion for gardens, and how the two most powerful men in England during her reign fought a decade-long duel for their queen's affections by creating lavish gardens for her. It chronicles how, in their quest to woo the queen and outdo each other, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and William Cecil, Baron of Burghley, competed for Elizabeths favor by laying out innovative and extravagant pleasure grounds at their palaces for when she came to visit. As she played one off against the other, they created gorgeous palaces and landscapes that amazed the world. The book also describes how others in England and abroad followed Dudleys and Cecils leads and how the queens love of plants made gardeners of courtiers, statesmen, and soldiers. This meticulously researched account reveals how Elizabeths enthusiasm for horticulture changed the world, encouraging gardeners and designers to create landscapes inspired by the spirit of the Elizabethan garden.

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In sixteenth century England, extravagant formal gardens reached their peak of invention, with not only roses, honeysuckle and herbs, but the addition of canals, mazes, and aviaries. Much of the inspiration was competition for the attention of Queen Elizabeth I by two of her courtiers, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and William Cecil, Baron of Burghley. Martyn, who has taught garden history at Birbeck College and landscape history at Central St. Martins School of Art, tells the tale and closes with an epilogue that brings it to date, infusing it with some of her own story. Distributed by IPG. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Queen Elizabeth Is great love for gardens transformed her country and made gardeners of statesmen, courtiers, and soldiers. The two most powerful men in England during Elizabeths reign, Dudley and Cecil, led the way. Driven by their rivalry and devotion to their queen, they created ever more gorgeous gardens that amazed the world.

About the Author

Trea Martyn completed a PhD in 18th-century literature at University College London. She has taught garden history at Birkbeck College, University of London, and landscape history at Central Saint Martins School of Art in London, and she lectures widely on garden history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933346366
Subtitle:
A Story of Love, Rivalry, and Spectacular Gardens
Author:
Martyn, Trea
Publisher:
BlueBridge
Subject:
Gardening-Writing
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Gardening-Garden Structure
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120101
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » Tudor to Stuart Period
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Home and Garden » Gardening » Fruits and Nuts
Home and Garden » Gardening » Garden Structure
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Home and Garden » Gardening » Landscape and Design
Home and Garden » Gardening » Writing

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