The Curious History of Mazes (Paperback)

4,000 Years of Fascinating Twists and Turns with Over 100 Intriguing Puzzles to Solve

By Julie E. Bounford, Trevor Bounford (Illustrator)

Wellfleet Press, 9781577151777, 192pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

List Price: 21.99*
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Thread your way through this aMAZEing history and delve into a curious experience!â??

From prehistoric times, mazes and labyrinths worldwide have served as different symbolic, ritualistic, and practical purposes. Taken as a powerful metaphor for life's journey, they can be used as tools for meditation and learning at any level, even when completed for recreation. Maze images can be enjoyed as motifs themselves, but also in their material forms—a meditation, puzzle, dance, walk, ritual, pilgrimage, or simply a day out. 

Drawing upon a wealth of historical and classical literature; accounts written by explorers, archaeologists, and historians; and the output of modern and contemporary world-renowned experts and enthusiasts, social historian Dr. Julie Bounford explores the evolution of mazes through time and across continents, presenting their history in a fun and engaging format while challenging readers to solve over 100 mazes—many created exclusively for this book by illustrator and artist Trevor Bounford. Learn about:
  • The earliest recorded examples, legends, and mazes in the ancient world
  • Mazes used as sacred rituals and symbols that take us beyond the natural world
  • Turf, stone, hedge, and garden mazes, and sites of communal rustic revels
  • The modern revival, with mazes taken to forms never previously imagined
Explore how mazes can improve your mental dexterity and create mindfulness, and use the gazetteer to locate historical, replica, and interesting mazes that exist around the world today.


About the Author

Dr. Julie E. Bounford hails from Cambridge, England; is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and works independently as a social historian, author and micropublisher. She has extensive experience of researching, writing, and disseminating local and popular history. In 2017 she project managed the Cambridge History Festival and received a personal award from the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History, in recognition of her 2016 illustrated social history of Heffers, famous booksellers since 1876. Julie’s blog can be found at