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Elizabethan & Jacobean Style. [Paperback]

Timothy. Mowl
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  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd. (1993)
  • ASIN: B0016WOFRK
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5.0 out of 5 stars A personal account of the 'Jacobethan' style. 6 Jan 2001
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'Elizabethan and Jacobean Style' wears its knowledge lightly, presenting a personal account of Timothy Mowl's experience researching this sometimes difficult area. Through his research, we are told, he grew to admire the stylistic qualities of the 'Jacobethan' that we tend nowadays to find inelegant, and his convincing and engaging prose style this admiration is well conveyed to the reader. Indeed the 'Gothic knicker lace' present, Mowl assures us, in Jacobean architecture seems to have captured the author. His presentation of what is often viewed as the insular style of an instable nation, inferior to renaissance Europe, is lively and reasoned.
Mowl commences with a 'Challenge of Style'- a collection of immediately unnappealing artefacts, he explains both the prejudices we have as those exposed to modernism and its notion of simplicity as a virtue, and the stylistic and social features of the objects. These horrors are, admittedly fascinating, and the author recounts the intricacies of the femme fatale's raunchy yet knowing dining room table with near abandon.
Having established a connection with the reader through this intimate introduction, Mowl prowls through chapters both thematic, concerning death, domesticity, gardens,chivalry and the 'Jacobethan' as well as historical- Elizabeth's prodigy houses and the Jacobean Gothic. What is made clear is the sense in which the influence of the Italianate renaissance was experienced through a peculiarly English occupation with the emblematic, the Tudor and the notion of Royal magnificence. The asymmetrical and bombast oddities of the period were not a cack handed attempt at recreating the elegance of the Italian renaissance but instead the result of its appreciation through a Tudor vernacular.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great research references 17 Mar 2014
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Ideal for anyone who either want to learn more about the tudor styles in architecture or needs the information on why it was designed that way etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Overview of an Era 4 Nov 2000
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With an emphasis on architecture, this book also covers gardens, furnishings and interior decoration of Elizabethan and Jacobean era country houses. Mowl explains how the houses were used, which in turn explains many of their stylistic elements. Mowl uses historic engravings and paintings as well as gorgeous color photographs to illustrate the text. There are also many interesting excerpts from period documents and literature. There is a fairly good glossary and an appendix of the addresses for the houses discussed in the book. I found that some of the terminology was a bit difficult but overall I learned a great deal about the aristocracy of the period by learning how they lived on and used thier grand estates.
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