- Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Oxford University Press (28. März 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0199696993
- ISBN-13: 978-0199696994
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,8 x 2,3 x 14,2 cm
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The Hermit in the Garden: From Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 28. März 2013
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"a comprehensive and intriguing read" --Library Journal
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester. He is the author of the best-selling Bible: The Story of the King James Bible and of many other books on literature, art, history, and biography. A fellow of the British Academy and a former chair of the Society for Renaissance Studies, in 2012 he was awarded the Longman - History Today Trustees Award for a lifetime contribution to History. In this book his interests in cultural history, architectural history, and designed landscapes converge in a pioneering study of the phenomenon of the English ornamental hermit and his hermitage.
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The author quotes some advertisements placed in various publications for hermits which stipulated that they must agree to not cut their nails or their hair for the time of their residence. Sometimes it was the landowner who took up residence in the hermitage. Some hermits were there for religious reasons but many were installed for decorative and fashionable reasons.
The book contains two appendices - one contains a catalogue of hermitages and the other is an essay on the hermit, the hermitage and the continent. There is a list of works consulted for anyone who wants to read more about the subject and an index.
Professor Campbell believes that during the Reformation, the ancient custom of religious persons, sometimes called hermits, choosing to shut themselves away from the world for constant prayer and meditation came to an end with the dissolution of the great religious houses. During the 18th century, it became fashionable among the educated and the elite to be “melancholy”, devoting time to the admiration of nature and the study of philosophy. Gradually, some began constructing small rustic cottages, to use as retreats for deep thinking, or, in many cases, to impress visitors with their erudition. It wasn’t long before the wealthy began to hire men to live in their garden “hermitage”, pretending to be a reclusive but romantic part of the landscape. Although this book is a serious and impressive work of research, Professor Campbell injects threads of humor where appropriate, as when he describes the difficulties inherent in finding men willing to don rough robes, go barefooted, allow their hair, beards, and nails to grow, and, perhaps hardest of all, remain silent, for a period of seven years.
Much of the book is a survey of historic and modern “hermitages” in England, Scotland, France, and parts of Europe, many of which are illustrated. There are numerous extant sites that can still be visited, though they’re no longer inhabited; health regulations prohibit! It ends with some speculation about how the ornamental garden hermit morphed slowly into the ornamental garden gnome, helped along by Disney’s Grumpy, Sleepy, et al.
It’s probably safe to say that there is no more extensive compilation of information on this topic than The Hermit in the Garden. It’s a valuable addition to the field of garden history, and has much to say, or imply, about Western Civ.
Now I must search out the perfect gnome for my own garden.
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