The Tudor House and Garden

Architecture and Landscape in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries

Paula Henderson

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This book focuses for the first time on sixteenth- and early-seventeenth-century country houses in their settings. Investigating the complex relations between Tudor and early Stuart houses and the landscapes in which they were set, Paula Henderson offers new perspectives on some of England’s most magical buildings. She examines natural and man-made landscapes as well as gatehouses, garden buildings, banqueting houses, and other ancillary structures. More than 200 splendid images illustrate the book, which also features a complete gazetteer.

Drawing on new documentary material and on research into many rediscovered buildings associated with original settings, Henderson refutes common perceptions that gardens of the period were confined and highly artificial and that “natural” landscapes were not appreciated until the eighteenth century. She explains how and why Tudor country estates were organized and designed, and she provides a new evaluation of what the gardens and other aspects of the landscape meant to those who created and visited them.

Paula Henderson is an independent scholar living in Gloucestershire. She lectures both in Britain and in the United States and has published numerous articles and essays on Tudor and early Stuart country houses and their gardens.

"Paula Henderson has indeed filled a garden and architectural history gap in a valuable way."---Country Life

"Paula Henderson’s book is to be welcomed and, as in the case of all Yale books, it is superbly designed and illustrated." —Roy Strong, The Spectator

"Once again Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre have combined to produce a volume that is handsome as well as learned."---Times Literary Supplement

"The writing is of high quality. . . . [Henderson's] chapters form a virtual visit to a composite country estate. . . . Henderson does an excellent jon of describing architectural forms. . . . Throughout this vivid and thorough . . . study, one principal theme emerges: the pleasure of prospect."—James Grantham Turner, JSAH

“[A] remarkable book…encyclopaedic in its coverage of the subject. … To the Elizabethans, fabulous gardens and their structures were often literally indescribably, lying beyond their vocabulary, but Paula Henderson has succeeded in pinning them to the page. It is a magnificent achievement.” - Lucy Worsley, Cornerstone

"Well-illustrated and beautifully designed. . . . Paula Henderson's book is a landmark in the study of Tudor and Jacobean gardens and is highly recommended."—John Schofield, Sixteenth Century Journal

Winner of the William Berger Prize for British Art History 2005.

ISBN: 9780300106879
Publication Date: July 11, 2005
Publishing Partner: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
296 pages, 9 3/4 x 11 1/2
160 b/w + 50 color illus.
Hardwick Hall

A Great Old Castle of Romance

Edited by David Adshead and David A. H. B. Taylor

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