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Readership: All those interested in the history of Georgian England and eighteenth century Europe, and in the
history of landscape architecture and the great gardens of Britain and the Continent.
Gordon Campbell, Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester
Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester. He is the author of the best-selling Bible: The Story of the King James Bible and of many other books on literature, art, history, and biography. A fellow of the British Academy and a former chair of the Society for Renaissance Studies, in 2012 he was awarded the Longman - History Today Trustees Award for a lifetime contribution to History. In this book his interests in cultural history, architectural history, and designed landscapes converge in a
pioneering study of the phenomenon of the English ornamental hermit and his hermitage.
"Garden hermits have always been a reproach to luxury and a fascination for voyeurs. They are back in the news because their history has just been set out brilliantly by the distinguished historian, Gordon Campbell." - Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times
"This compelling book is meticulously researched and well written, and superbly produced with excellent photographs and illustrations." - Garden Design Journal
"Gordon Campbell is extremely knowledgeable on garden history and for the hermitage-bibber his book will be a valuable guide." - The Oldie
"[A] gripping detective story,
wonderfully written and illustrated, with an astonishing conclusion. Unmissable." - The Tablet
"[A] succinct and fascinating history ... Although scholarly, it is written in a relaxed, non-academic style and is enlivened by a nicely dry humour." - Peter Parker, The Spectator
"[A] rollicking new history...a book for the enrichment of all our lives." - The Daily Telegraph
"The delicious subtitle of this fine little study - From Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome - catches its tone perfectly. Gordon Campbell treats the topic with the seriousness and attention to detail one expects of a scholar, but he never falls
into the academic's trap of assuming his readers are would-be hermit scholars." - Country Life
"[An] engaging study of one of the oddest fads in garden design." - Charles Elliott, Literary Review
"[An] intriguing book." - The Lady
1: Origins and Antecedents
2: The Idea of the Hermit
3: The Hermits
4: The Hermitage in Georgian England
5: The Celtic lands and the Continent
6: The Afterlife of the Hermit: from gnomes to Arcadia
Appendix: a Catalogue of Hermitages