Join Dr Jill Francis as she looks at Tudor and Stuart gardens from across the social spectrum.
‘Every man’s proper mansion house is the theatre of his hospitality’ declared Sir Henry Wotton in 1624. A family’s home, and by extension its garden, created a visible display of wealth and status. From sharing food and drink on a sunny afternoon with friends, to entertaining the Queen of England; from banqueting houses to make-shift arbours, this talk will look at how gardens were used as a backdrop for hospitality and entertainment.
Jill is an early modern historian, specialising in gardens and gardening in the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries. Her first book Gardens and Gardening in Early Modern England and Wales, was published by Yale University Press in June 2018.
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