Gardens Of Earthly Delight -The History of Deer parks


Within Britain, which has for a thousand years held more deer parks than any other part of the world, John Fletcher describes how deer were fed, transported, enclosed, captured, castrated and housed, and how they were hunted in the confines of parks. The recent theory as to the use of trenches for handling deer in medieval Scotland is explored. The international symbolism of white deer, collared deer and enclosed deer is discussed. Recently, parks provided deer for English carted hunts and Scottish sporting estates; now we recognise their ecological and recreational value. We learn how parklands may be our spiritual home - the environment in which we are most content - and that parks have always been, in a fashion, designed landscapes. 296p, b/w & col illus (Windgather Press, an imprint of Oxbow Books 2011)

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