The Cotswolds: A Cultural History

The Cotswolds: A Cultural History

by Jane Bingham

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The Cotswolds: A Cultural History by Jane Bingham

With its gentle hills and timeless villages, the Cotswold countryside is a vision of natural beauty and rural calm, but it is also a region rich in history. In this new addition to the Landscapes of the Imagination series, Jane Bingham offers an intriguing portrait of the Cotswolds over the centuries, ranging from ancient stone circles and ruined Roman villas to the Cotswolds today, a picturesque destination spot popular with country-weekenders, tourists, and celebrities. Readers will visit fine churches and manor houses that have survived from the Middle Ages, and tour a landscape still bearing the scars of the Civil War. The home of kings and nobles since Saxon times, the region is famous for its elegant estates, such as Blenheim Palace—England's grandest stately home—while signs of the early industrial age can be seen in its mills and factories. Artists, musicians, and writers were also drawn to this rural paradise, from William Shakespeare and William Morris to T.S. Eliot and Ralph Vaughn Williams. Bingham captures it all in her charming portrait of this glorious spot in the heart of southern England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195398755
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/18/2010
Series: Landscapes of the Imagination Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,336,715
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jane Bingham is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University and has contributed articles to a range of publications including The Independent and This England.

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