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THE INTELLECTUAL CULTURE OF THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE, 1500-1700. Matthew Dimmock. Manchester University Press, 2015. Distributed by Oxford University Press. 240 pp. ISBN 9780719090202 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: The Intellectual Culture of the English Country House is a ground-breaking collection of essays by leading and emerging scholars, which uncovers the vibrant intellectual life of early modern provincial England. The essays in the volume explore architectural planning; libraries and book collecting; landscape gardening; interior design; the history of science and scientific experimentation; and the collection of portraits and paintings. The essays demonstrate the significance of the English country house and its place within larger local cultures that it helped to create and shape. The contributors survey and analyse a wide range of major English country houses; Knole House, Castle Howard, Petworth House, Penshurst Place, Hill Hall, and Lanhydrock House. Two essays reconstruct lost country houses from the surviving documentation; Otford Palace and Rycote House. The volume concludes with three essays which make up an in-depth case study of Wilton House, one of the principal residences of the Earls of Pembroke, where Sir Philip Sidney probably wrote the Arcadia.
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Worldwide Number: 166184
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