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The Impact of the Norman Invasion on Anglo-Saxon Landscaping

Impact Norman Invasion Anglo-Saxon Landscaping 14774576666905.jpg Anglo-Saxons felt extraordinary changes to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. Architecture and gardening were skills that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. However, there was no time for home life, domesticated design, and adornment until the Normans had conquered the whole realm. Because of this, castles were cruder structures than monasteries: Monasteries were frequently immense stone buildings located in the biggest and most fertile valleys, while castles were erected on windy crests where their inhabitants devoted time and space to projects for offense and defense. Peaceful pastimes such as gardening were out of place in these desolate citadels. Berkeley Castle is most likely the most unchanged model in existence at present of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture. The keep is said to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A large terrace recommended for strolling and as a way to stop enemies from mining under the walls runs about the building. On 1 of these terraces sits a charming bowling green: it is covered in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is created into the shape of rough ramparts.

"Old School" Garden Fountain Designers

Often serving as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one, from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century, fountain designers were multi-faceted individuals, During the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci exemplified the artist as a creative genius, creator and scientific expert. He methodically recorded his observations in his currently renowned notebooks, following his mind boggling interest in the forces of nature inspired him to investigate the attributes and mobility of water. Coupling imagination with hydraulic and landscaping expertise, early Italian water feature designers transformed private villa settings into innovative water displays loaded with symbolic meaning and natural wonder. The humanist Pirro Ligorio, distinguished for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, delivered the vision behind the wonders in Tivoli. Other water fountain engineers, masterminding the extraordinary water marbles, water attributes and water humor for the various properties in the vicinity of Florence, were tried and tested in humanistic themes and traditional scientific readings.