Blenheim: landscape for a palace

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Sutton, 1987 - Architecture - 162 pages
This new edition traces the history and development of Blenheim Park from its prehistoric origins to its use as a royal hunting domain of the English medieval kings, to the gift by Queen Anne to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough (victor of Blenheim). The subsequent development of Blenheim Park provides a microcosm of the main developments in English landscape gardening -first the formal parterres of Henry Wise around Vanbrugh's new palace, then the transformations wrought by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown in what is justly one of his most famous works, centred around the newly created Grand Lake. The scale and subtleties of this vision are further examined in the context of conserving and preserving a legacy and this edition has been updated to take account of recent research.

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Origins by James Bond
The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
The Second Phase by David Green and James

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About the author (1987)

Bond is a freelance landscape archaeologist and teaches part-time at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford.

Tiller is Reader in English Local History at the University of Oxford. She planned the undergraduate certificate in local history jointly run by Oxford University in collaboration with the Open University.

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