This is a magnificent introduction to the thought and - more importantly - the vision of John Michell, the most influential thinker of what has become known as the New Age. A number of academic disciplines have changed in response to the ideas first outlined here - where are the archaeologists now who, for instance, poo-poohed astrological alignments so heartily in the 1970s? His vision is alternative in the true sense of the word - 'radical traditionalist' as he terms it - offering the perennial cosmology of Plato enlivened with that of Charles Fort.
Perhaps it is the democratic nature of his vision that is most moving and most useful for our times: just as everyman can go out and discover the ancient monoliths buried in Cornish hedges, as he did, so he believed that our great prehistoric structures were designed and sited in response to human feelings and for human purposes, and therefore the Blakean visions of landscape were as valid as Rationalist/materialist ones. As he put it himself: "...As descendents of their builders, separated from them only by the small matter of some 120 generations, it is not unreasonable to suppose that our own impressions of [these sites] might in some degree relate to those of the people who first selected it. And when it comes to feelings and impressions, the people to consult are those whose profession it is to express them - artists and poets." If you are thinking of exploring that inheritance read this first.