The garden created by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, at Kenilworth Castle in the early 1570s was one of the wonders of Elizabethan England. It is also the best documented of all the great gardens of its age, providing the starting point for English Heritage’s ambitious re-creation in 2009.
This beautifully illustrated book presents the extensive research that informed the scheme and describes the process by which the new garden was designed. Seventeen chapters, written by specialists and experts in the field, range widely, covering: the place of Kenilworth in garden history; the Earl of Leicester as a cultural patron and his work at Kenilworth; the results of the excavation of the garden site; detailed consideration of key aspects of the Elizabethan garden, including the fountain and the aviary; and important new work on the early Elizabethan flower garden. The overall philosophy of re-creating the garden and the practical aspects of doing so, are also considered.
This book represents a major addition to the study of English garden history.
The book is really wonderful and beautifully enriched with fantastic photographs.
Diego Passera, Drammaturgia
For a specialist publication the quality of its production is extraordinary: beautiful plans and colour photos abound throughout this book. ... The authors of the various essays are authorities in their field and there is much to learn rom this volume for anyone with a serious interest either in Elizabethan gardens or in what English Heritage has achieved in their recent work at Kenilworth. ... For those interested in Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan court culture this book is a valuable, authoritative and important work.
John Goodall, Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society
'English Heritage has given us an excellent book that will be of considerable value to anyone engaged with the making of historic gardens and is thus highly recommended.'
Susan Oosthuizen, Landscape History