Medieval Ornamental Landscapes

  title={Medieval Ornamental Landscapes},
  author={Christopher Eric Taylor},
  pages={38 - 55}
  • C. Taylor
  • Published 1 April 2000
  • History, Sociology
  • Landscapes
Abstract In the last decade or so archaeologists in Britain have found many examples of what have been called 'ornamental landscapes' of medieval date. These landscapes comprise the archaeological remains of former lakes, ponds, moats, causeways, gardens, deer parks and other features, and are associated with castles and other high status buildings. They seem to have been intended to enhance the setting of these buildings as well as to provide places of entertainment and recreation. The paper… 
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