Be Your Own Landscape Detective
Investigating Where You are
By (author) Richard Muir
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Be Your Own Landscape Detective by Richard Muir
Book DescriptionLandscape history uses clues in the everyday landscape - buildings, roads, fields, hedges - together with maps and documents to find out how the landscape was organised in the past and how it developed into the modern day. Reconstruction of the past is not a difficult task, and with Richard Muir as the expert guide the reader is soon brought face to face with a dazzling array of historical clues quite literally under his feet. Both accessible and informative, this guide from the leading popular writer on the history of the landscape demonstrates that the scenery of countryside and suburb can be read like a book. It also exposes many of the popular myths that have grown up around the landscape such as the Black Death being responsible for the depopulation of the countryside, and old woods being the last relics of the ancient wild wood that once covered all of the country. "Where You Are" is all-embracing in its approach and contains a vast wealth of information. There is no comparable guide to reading the landscape and Richard Muir has created a format that the general reader with an interest in understanding the history that lies all around us will find inspiring.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750943338
(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Muir
Elegy for the Dales, Paperback (August 2010)
This is the story of the shaping, over several millennia, of a valley community of the Yorkshire Dales.
Lost Villages of Britain, Paperback (July 2008)
In an age when building developments seem to be advancing on every small plot of unspoilt British countryside, it seems hard to imagine times when well-established settlements were declining and dying. This guide on landscape history explores the contributing factors behind the desertion of our villages.
Woods, Hedges and Leafy Lanes, Paperback (March 2008)
The landscapes of Britain have been shaped by hundreds of generations, moulding the countryside to fit with their own ideals, through the planting of hedgerows and wooded pastures. This type of scenery has been long in the making, with new additions and flourishes added every century. This book unravels the history of woods and hedgerows.
How to Read a Village, Hardback (November 2007)» View all books by Richard Muir
What constitutes a village? What is the significance of the maypole? What was the true purpose of a village green? How come whole villages have disappeared over the centuries? This book reveals the answers and includes chapters that cover: ancient villages; the village green; the village church; cottages and farmsteads; fishing villages; and more.
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Author Biography - Richard Muir
Richard Muir is the author of over fifty books and has contributed features to The New York Times, The Observer Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. He is the leading landscape historian of the day and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen.
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