Topographical Writers in South-West England

Author: Mark Brayshay

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

ISBN: 9780859894241

Category: Science

Page: 200

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A collection of original essays by distinguished historians on the works of topographical writers who described and recorded the landscape of South-West England in the period c. 1540-1900. The development, subject matter and contribution to knowledge of a range of key authors is examined. For example, John Leland's classic descriptions of South-West England will be assessed and the works of local writers in the Tudor and Stuart era who followed an developed his approach to the description of people and places is examined. Amongst these, Richard Carew of Anthony produced perhaps the finest of any of the descriptions of an English region in his study of Cornwall, published in 1602. The authors follow the writings of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset topographers who contributed to the genre over more than three centuries. The book also includes a gazetter of collections in Devon and Cornwall where copies of the works of local topographical writers can be found.

What Else is Pastoral?

Renaissance Literature and the Environment

Author: Ken Hiltner

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801461248

Category: Literary Criticism

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The pastoral was one of the most popular literary forms of early modern England. Inspired by classical and Italian Renaissance antecedents, writers from Ben Jonson to John Beaumont and Abraham Cowley wrote in idealized terms about the English countryside. It is often argued that the Renaissance pastoral was a highly figurative mode of writing that had more to do with culture and politics than with the actual countryside of England. For decades now literary criticism has had it that in pastoral verse, hills and crags and moors were extolled for their metaphoric worth, rather than for their own qualities. In What Else Is Pastoral?, Ken Hiltner takes a fresh look at pastoral, offering an environmentally minded reading that reconnects the poems with literal landscapes, not just figurative ones. Considering the pastoral in literature from Virgil and Petrarch to Jonson and Milton, Hiltner proposes a new ecocritical approach to these texts. We only become truly aware of our environment, he explains, when its survival is threatened. As London expanded rapidly during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the city and surrounding rural landscapes began to look markedly different. Hiltner finds that Renaissance writers were acutely aware that the countryside they had known was being lost to air pollution, deforestation, and changing patterns of land use; their works suggest this new absence of nature through their appreciation for the scraps that remained in memory or in fact. A much-needed corrective to the prevailing interpretation of pastoral poetry, What Else Is Pastoral? shows the value of reading literature with an ecological eye.

Robin Hood

Medieval and Post Medieval

Author: Helen Phillips

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd


Category: History

Page: 197

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This collection of essays on the Robin Hood tradition explores both its medieval contexts and the evolution of the legend after the medieval period. They deal with Robin Hood in literature and drama, with local traditions, monuments and forgeries, with folkloric connections, and with the changing perspectives of antiquarian and modern studies of the Robin Hood material. Contents: Helen Phillips, Studying Robin Hood; Douglas Gray, Everybodyâ??s Robin Hood; Derek Pearsall, Little John and the ballad of Robin Hood and the Monk; Richard Firth Green, The hermit and the outlaw: new evidence for Robin Hoodâ??s death?; Roy Pearcy, The literary Robin Hood: character and function in Fitts 1, 2, and 4 of the Gest of Robin Hood; Thomas H. Ohlgren, Merchant adventure in Robin Hood and the Potter; Timothy S. Jones, Tristan, Malory, and the outlaw-knight; David Hepworth, A grave tale; Liz Oakley-Brown, Framing Robin Hood: temporality and textuality in Anthony Mundayâ??s Robin Hood plays; Stephen Knight, Meere English flocks: Ben Jonsonâ??s The Sad Shepherd and the Robin Hood tradition; Linda Troost, The noble peasant; Helen Phillips, Robin Hood, the priories of Kirkless and Charlotte Brontë; Lois Potter, Robin Hood and the fairies: Alfred Noyesâ?? Sherwood; Michael Evans, Robin Hood in the landscape.

Regionalizing Science

Placing Knowledges in Victorian England

Author: Simon Naylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317316029

Category: Science

Page: 264

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Victorian England, as is well known, produced an enormous amount of scientific endeavour, but what has previously been overlooked is the important role of geography on these developments. This book seeks to rectify this imbalance by presenting a historical geography of regional science.

Water in the City

The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter

Author: Mark Stoyle

Publisher: Royal College of General Practitioners

ISBN: 0859899748

Category: History

Page: 320

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The city of Exeter was one of the great provincial capitals of late medieval and early modern England, possessing a range of civic amenities fully commensurate with its size and importance. Among the most impressive of these was its highly sophisticated system of public water supply, including a unique network of underground passages. Most of these ancient passages still survive today. Water in the City provides a richly illustrated history of Exeter's famous underground passages—and of Exeter’s system of public water supply during the medieval and early modern periods. Illustrated with full colour throughout, Mark Stoyle shows how and why the passages and aqueducts were originally built, considers the technologies that were used in their construction, explains how they were funded and maintained, and reveals the various ways in which the water fountains were used and abused by the townsfolk.

Continuity and Change

Memorialisation and the Cornish Funeral Monument Industry 1497-1660

Author: Paul Cockerham

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited


Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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Presents an extensive appraisal of several cohesive style groups of monuments, being the products of specific monument workshops in Cornwall from the end of the fifteenth century to the Commonwealth.

John Stow (1525-1605) and the Making of the English Past

Studies in Early Modern Culture and the History of the Book

Author: Ian Anders Gadd,Alexandra Gillespie

Publisher: British Library Board


Category: History

Page: 192

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The scholar and antiquarian John Stow (15251605) is a figure of crucial importance to our understanding of medieval and early modern English history, literature, and culture. His Survey of London, a rich account of metropolitan topography and tradition, is still an invaluable resource for scholars of the early modern city, and his Chronicles of English history paved the way for the famous historical projects of Raphael Holinshed and William Camden, and shaped the historical consciousness of early modern dramatists and poets such as Shakespeare and Samuel Daniel. We also owe some of the most important copies of major medieval texts to Stows endeavours as an obsessive serchar of antiquities of divinite ... and poetry. This volume collects together wide-ranging and exciting new essays on Stow. Its contributors consider the feuds and friendships at the heart of the Tudor historiographical project, the construction of a political and religious culture, and a topographical history, for Elizabethan London, the early modern invention of the medieval past, and the manuscript and printed books written and collected by this industrious and important maker of English history.

Tudor Cornwall

Author: John Chynoweth

Publisher: Tempus Pub Ltd


Category: History

Page: 384

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A comprehensive survey of the history of Cornwall between 1485 and 1603, this books looks at the social, political, and economic issues of the period.

Papers of British Antiquaries and Historians

Author: Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780114402792

Category: Family archives

Page: 246

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This is the 12th volume in the series of guides to archival sources related to British history. This volume identifies and briefly describes the papers of 1,300 British antiquaries, historians, genealogists, heralds, archaeologists and others working from the mid 15th century to the late 20th century, with a focus on the more significant and substantial collections. Each entry gives details of the personal papers of that individual (including incoming letters, working papers and drawings) remaining in their possession at the time of their death. It excludes papers or correspondence created in an official capacity, as such papers would usually be contained in the archive of the institution concerned.

The West Country as a literary invention

putting fiction in its place

Author: Simon Trezise

Publisher: Univ of Exeter Pr


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Is the 'West Country' on the map or in the mind? Is it the south-west peninsula of Britain or a semi-mythical country offering a home for those in pursuit of the romance of wrecking, smuggling and a rural Golden Age? This book investigates these questions in the context of the relationship between place and writing, discussing Thomas Hardy's Wessex; R.D. Blackmore's Exmoor and Lorna Doone; Charles Kingsley, whose Westward Ho!, became a Devon place-name, Sabine Baring-Gould of Dartmoor and recorder and inventor of West Country folk-tales; Parson Hawker of Morwenstowe, an inventor of the Cornish King Arthur.

Security and Defence in South-West England Before 1800

Author: Robert Higham

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

ISBN: 9780859892094

Category: History

Page: 101

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From Roman times down to the eighteenth century, the South West of England comprised a striking example of the importance of matters of security and defence to a local society easily threatened by external enemies and by internal conflicts and tensions. In Security and Defence in South-West England Valerie A. Maxfield examines the problems of internal security from the point of view of the Roman army, as it held down newly-conquered territory. Robert Higham considers the variety of responses - notably in the form of fortifications - which medieval society offered to external as well as internal problems. Joyce Youings analyses the particular difficulties of organising the local militia in the Tudor period. Anne Duffin and Ivan Roots adopt a Cornish perspective on problems of defence in the seventeenth century. And David J. Starkey considers the interplay of trade and security in the eighteenth century, as witnessed in the contribution of the North Atlantic fishing industry to the manning of the Royal Navy. Over all, these studies provide a fascinating series of vignettes illustrating perennial and enduring problems in the history of the British Isles.

Historians of Early Modern Europe

The Newsletter of the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference and the American Society for Reformation Research

Author: Sixteenth century studies conference (Etats-Unis).,Society for Reformation research (Etats-Unis).

Publisher: N.A



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