Now available in paperback, The intellectual culture of the English country house is a ground-breaking collection of essays by leading and emerging scholars, which uncovers the vibrant intellectual life of early modern provincial England. The essays explore architectural planning; libraries and book collecting; landscape gardening; interior design; the history of science and scientific experimentation; and the collection of portraits and paintings.
The volume demonstrate the significance of the English country house (e.g. Knole House, Castle Howard, Penshurst Place) and its place within larger local cultures that it helped to create and shape. It provides a substantial overview of the country house culture of early modern England and the complicated relationship between the provinces and the national, the country and the city, in a period of rapid social, intellectual and economic transformation. -- .
Matthew Dimmock is Professor of Early Modern Studies at the University of Sussex Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at the University of Sussex Margaret Healy is Professor of Literature and Culture at the University of Sussex -- .
Introduction - Matthew Dimmock, Andrew Hadfield and Margaret Healy 1. 'The Lordship of the Eye': Country houses as the setting for intellectual enquiry - Maurice Howard Part I: Cultural reconstructions of the English country house 2. William Warham's Otford Palace: An Archbishop's motivations for building (c.1514-26) - Alden Gregory 3. Rediscovering a lost Tudor mansion through archives and manuscripts: The Rycote Project at the Bodleian Library - Matthew Neely 4. 'To Knole, and then 'To Penshurst': The network of patronage between two country houses in the early seventeenth century - Edward Town Part II. Reconstructing the culture of the English country house 5. Decorating the Godly Gallery: Piety and politics in plasterwork at Lanhydrock House, Cornwall - Tara Hamling 6. Sir Thomas Smith's stillhouse at Hill Hall: printed books, antiquity and innovative practice - Richard Simpson 7. A most studious searcher after truth: the 9th Earl of Northumberland and Scientia - Alison McCann 8. Anne Finch and the fallen country house - Nicolle Jordan 9. Elite pageantry as popular news: Elvetham House, John Wolfe, and country-house entertainment in print - Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich Part III: The country house library and its intellectual significance 10. Country houses and the beginnings of bibliomania - James Raven 11. Looking back from 1700: problems in locating the country house library - Susie West 12. My Laydes Bookes att Noward...: Putting readers back into the english country house - Hannah DeGroff Part IV. Case study: Wilton House 13. Wilton House and seventeenth-century country house literature - Anne Myers 14. Performing Arcadia: Wilton House, theatre, and power - Marta Straznicky 15. Wilton House and the art of floating meadows - Louise Noble Afterword - Andy Loukes, Nicholas Pickwoad and Mark Purcell Index -- .