Queen Elizabeth in the Garden: A Story of Love, Rivalry, and Spectacular Gardens

Queen Elizabeth in the Garden A Story of Love Rivalry and Spectacular Gardens Queen Elizabeth I s great love for gardens transformed her country and made gardeners of statesmen courtiers and soldiers The two most powerful men in England during Elizabeth s reign Dudley and Ce

  • Title: Queen Elizabeth in the Garden: A Story of Love, Rivalry, and Spectacular Gardens
  • Author: Trea Martyn
  • ISBN: 9781933346366
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Queen Elizabeth I s great love for gardens transformed her country and made gardeners of statesmen, courtiers, and soldiers The two most powerful men in England during Elizabeth s reign, Dudley and Cecil, led the way Driven by their rivalry and devotion to their queen, they created ever gorgeous gardens that amazed the world.

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    1. Why four stars when I continually fell asleep reading this book. First, it's about gardens we can no longer see so there are no photographs. If anyone had asked me, I would have suggested line drawings of the plants and flowers, many no longer known even to long-time (United States)gardeners. Such poetic or since it's Elizabethan, raw names. Ok, still to support the four stars, so much therefore is left up to the imagination that it's a good read anyway. I would have liked at least to see Dudley [...]


    2. Fascinating look at an aspect of Elizabeth I that most biographies of her don't touch on, being more concerned with political events. Elizabeth loved flowers and gardens and being outside in them, sometimes staying outside all day and conducting business in the garden. She was a great walker, going on brisk long walks in the morning and evening (imagine doing that in an Elizabethan dress!), and slower saunters in the garden in the afternoon with her courtiers. She also expected to be well entert [...]


    3. Queen Elizabeth seems to have had a lifelong love of gardens, and creating incredible gardens for her to enjoy on her long progresses through the country became good strategy for her courtiers. This book is primarily about two: Robert Dudley's grounds at Kenilworth Castle, and William Cecil's Theobalds Palace. Dudley was flashy and romantic, and initially his younger, more cosmopolitan style won the day. But Cecil got the best gardener in all of England, a man capable of growing exotics includin [...]


    4. The information in this semi-fictional book is incredibly well documented and gives one a very good picture of Elizabeth I, the two courtiers who fought to stay her favourites, and the beautiful gardens of the day. My prinicple complaint is that there is not enough 'story' and it seems to jump between factoids (based on letters & journals of the times), which is a shame considering the knowledge the author obviously has of the subject. As well, it might have been useful to include a chart of [...]


    5. This book has a unique look at history through the use of formal gardens and the annual royal progess. The rivalry between Elizabeth the First's favorite Lord Robert Dudley and her political advisor Sir William Cecil was expressed in a variety of ways, and the author looks in-depth at the formal gardens which delighted and enticed Elizabeth during her annual progresses as another way of capturing her attention and currying her favor.Interwoven with the history of these complicated relationships, [...]


    6. By the 1560s, most great castles had gardens--evolved from the kitchen gardens into marvels of conspicuous consumption and signals of peaceful intent. However, Elizabeth I's practice of making progresses (also to keep the nobles in line--the "honor" of a visit could reduce a great lord's finances substantially) accelerated the creation of elaborate banqueting houses, mazes and fountains surrounded by plantings whose allegorical messages spelled out the masters' loyalties, religion and method of [...]


    7. A twelve page bibliography and index completes the book. But I would have much preferred better illustration. The gardens are described as spectacular, but line drawings of some of the mazes and tools don’t translate the sense of expense Robert Dudley and William Cecil expent to captivate Elizabeth. References to painting of Elizabeth led this reader to the internet to discover what the author was referencing. Book would have been much more impressive with inclusion of those painting.Since I h [...]


    8. A surprising read. Just when a history teacher like myself thinks they've immersed themselves in all thing Elizabethan. this examination of the time from a completely new angle. Using the lush love of gardens and outdoor luxuries, tales are spun of the rivalry between Dudley & Cecil, the dalliance over possible fiances, and the tastes of a rather extravagant, stubborn, emotional queen -- far more than her iron facade reveals. "Sumptuous" is the best word to describe the content of this bookd [...]


    9. The world of Queen Elizabeth I was a fascinating time in English History. This book concentrates on the rivalry between Lord Robert Dudley and Sir William Cecil to win the favor of the Queen by creating intoxicating and gorgeous gardens and palaces.The Queen travelled about the country and stayed at their estates for weeks and months at a time. Sadly, she never ventured to visit any country outside of England, so she experienced the spectacular beauty of Italian and French gardens vicariously th [...]


    10. I found it irritaating that a book that referred to paintings so often did not have any pages with photos of the paintings in question. I was not able to find all of them using Google, and it's a bit confusing to read about paintings you have never seen. Also, the author had plenty of interesting material but did not organize it very well- the result is a book that switches back and forth haphazardly from focusing on the rivalry among Elizabeth's courtiers to the gardens and the effort that went [...]


    11. Non-fiction book about Queen Elizabeth I and her love of gardens. Lots of information you don't usually get in other books about her lifeke the fact she would choose herbal remedies any day over a regular physician. That many attempts were made to assassinate her with most of the attempts made while walking in her gardens. That cherry juice was used to treat gouteven then. That none of Elizabeth's gardens survive but they are trying to restore Kenilworth with lottery money.


    12. An interesting book for those interested in history of gardens or Queen Elizabeth. A few of the magnificent gardens described are being recreated in England, and these should really something to see as they reviled (but pre-dated) the likes of Versailles and the Italian Renaissance Hill Gardens. The book does get a repetitive in its matter of fact manner of discussing the endless court intrigues of the time.


    13. A great book which looks at the reign of Elizabeth of England through - of all things - English garden design of the 16th century. It focuses on her two most trusted courtiers, William Cecil & Robert Dudley, and their vying efforts in attempting to please the Queen & winning her favours. A fascinating look at horticultural design, herbology, expenditure, rivalry, entertainment & influences during the Elizabethan Golden Age.


    14. It was fine, but I wanted to like it better. It was strongest when she discussed the rivalry between Dudley and Cecil, but was disjointed and a bit laboured at other times. More illustrations would have been nice. All the great Elizabethan gardens are now gone, so the lush descriptions of surviving Italian Renaissance gardens at the end of the book made me want to visit Italy immediately.


    15. I had no idea there was a rivalry to create spectacular gardens to entertain QEI and earn her favor. I appreciated the historical note at the end that followed up with what became of the gardens and manor houses. Mostly this was an interesting read - at times a little disjointed and some overkill on the reiteration of what certain symbols meant.


    16. Wonderfully rich and insightful narrative history on Elizabeth I's intense love of gardens and the men who designed and offered them to her for her enjoyment. I savored each chapter one by one. Hope to see the sites one day as some of these gardens are getting recreated in England.


    17. I liked the historical narration about the virgin queen and her prime courtiers. The book did get tedious with excessive descriptions of the gardens and the feasts and festivities during the Queens Progression. The personal politics and strategies were interesting.


    18. The book was well written and insightful. It's an interesting and often overlooked aspect of Queen Elizabeth's reign. I just wished there could have been some pictures of the gardens she's discussing. Other than that, a great book. Highly recommended.


    19. This book contains lots of fascinating and entertaining anecdotes about Elizabeth I, but it lacks a smooth structure. The author jumps around in time, making it difficult to keep track of the historical characters. It's a good, coherent book, just not quite a page turner.


    20. Well researched but the author jumps around quite a bit making her thought processes at times a bit difficult to follow. Shame on her editor! Also, colored photos of the gardens and ruins the author mentions would enhance her descriptions. (I would love to see Cecil's actual plans for Theobolds.)


    21. A great examination of the gardens and, by extension, the men in Elizabeth’s life. A fascinating read, if you like history. I found myself wishing that I had read it before I was in London (obviously impossible without a time machine, as it’s newly published).


    22. This is a fascinating, very readable non-fiction book. It took me on a journey of discovery through Tudor gardens and politics. Great stuff!



    23. This book was a wonderful treasure. I learned a lot more about Elizabeth and her personal dealings with Cecil and Dudley. A very fascinating read.


    24. A good book, but a bit scattered in organization. Also it is hard to sift out what is historical with what is fiction.



    25. Seemed as much fiction as non-fiction. I wish there had been some photos included to enhance the narrative. 2.5 stars



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