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Queen Elizabeth in the Garden

A Story of Love, Rivalry, and Spectacular Gardens

Trea Martyn


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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (1/1/2012)


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 more gorgeous gardens that amazed the world.

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

“Bewitching and original. . . . Today . . . not a single authentic Elizabethan garden survives—all the more reason to welcome a book that uses a wealth of evocative detail to recreate this lost world of bright bowers and labyrinths. . . . Martyn’s scrupulous research restores life to . . . a landscape so enchanting. . . . [An] exquisite book.”  —New York Times Book Review

“[Martyn] uses gardens as a lens through which to view history, offering an enlightening perspective on Elizabeth’s reign. . . . A charming mix of gardening history and biography, related with evocative prose, this will delight those interested in gardening history, Queen Elizabeth’s life, or Elizabethan history.”  —Library Journal

BlueBridge, 9781933346823, 325pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2013

About the Author

Trea Martyn completed a PhD in 18th-century literature at University College London. She has taught garden history at Birkbeck College, University of London, and landscape history at Central Saint Martin's School of Art in London.