The Riverside Gardens of Thomas More's London

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All but forgotten today, eight historic gardens that once flourished along the length of the Thames in early Tudor London are here historically recreated and analyzed in this richly illustrated book. One of the gardens belonged to Sir Thomas More, and the others to politically powerful friends and acquaintances of his. The stories of these long-lost gardens, brought together here for the first time, shed new light not only on London’s garden history and that of its first gardeners but also on the lives and ...

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Overview

All but forgotten today, eight historic gardens that once flourished along the length of the Thames in early Tudor London are here historically recreated and analyzed in this richly illustrated book. One of the gardens belonged to Sir Thomas More, and the others to politically powerful friends and acquaintances of his. The stories of these long-lost gardens, brought together here for the first time, shed new light not only on London’s garden history and that of its first gardeners but also on the lives and outlooks of some of the most important figures within and around the court of Henry VIII.

The locations of these gardens range from the Tower of London to More’s own country manor at Chelsea, from Cardinal Wolsey’s York Place in Westminster (later transformed into Whitehall Palace by Henry VIII) to Hampton Court. More than any single garden could, the group of eight riverside gardens illuminates not only the practical realities but also the political importance of gardens. The book explores in detail the gardens that More knew so well and shows how their histories are intimately connected to his own.

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C. Paul Christianson is Mildred Foss Thompson Professor of English Emeritus at the College of Wooster (Ohio).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : gardens productive and elegant 1
1 Eight London gardens on the River Thames 21
London Bridge House 23
Tower of London 32
Winchester Palace 42
York Place and Whitehall Palace 50
Lambeth Palace 66
More's Chelsea Manor 74
Fulham Palace 84
Hampton Court 90
2 The London gardeners 107
3 Tools of the gardeners' trade 123
4 Garden design and innovation 151
5 Garden pride and pleasure 175
Epilogue : the uses of garden history 191
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