Anglo-Saxon Landscapes at the Time of the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxon Landscapes at the Time of the Norman Conquest The arrival of the Normans in the second half of the 11th century irreparably improved The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But before concentrating on home-life or having the occasion to think about domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire population. Most often built upon windy summits, castles were fundamental constructs that enabled their inhabitants to devote time and space to offensive and defensive strategies, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings generally added in only the most fecund, extensive valleys. The calm practice of gardening was unrealistic in these dreary bastions.Anglo-Saxon Landscapes Time Norman Conquest 43102364884908290730.jpg Berkeley Castle is perhaps the most intact model in existence nowadays of the early Anglo-Norman form of architecture. The keep is thought to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A massive terrace serves as a deterrent to invaders who would attempt to mine the walls of the building. On one of these terraces sits a charming bowling green: it's covered in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is created into the shape of rough ramparts.

The Early, Largely Ignored, Water-Moving Plan

Early, Largely Ignored, Water-Moving Plan 18952570903322242230.jpg The Early, Largely Ignored, Water-Moving Plan In 1588, Agrippa’s water-lifting innovation attracted the interest and approval of Andrea Bacci but that turned out to be one of the very last mentions of the gadget. Merely years afterward, in 1592, the early modern Roman aqueduct, the Acqua Felice, was linked to the Medici’s villa, possibly making the product outmoded. The more probable explanation is that the system was abandoned when Franceso di Medici, Ferdinando’s brotherdied in 1588, leading him to give up his position as cardinal and return to Florence where he accepted the throne as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Renaissance landscapes of the later part of the sixteenth century were home to works like melodious fountains, scenographic water displays and water caprices (giochi d’acqua), but these weren’t outfitted with water in ways that violated gravity itself.
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