Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place (Hardback)
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Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 02/10/2014
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Why do we react so strongly to certain places? Why do layers of mythology build up around particular features in the landscape? When Philip Marsden moved to a remote creekside farmhouse in Cornwall, the intensity of his response took him aback. It led him to begin exploring these questions, prompting a journey westwards to Land's End through one of the most fascinating regions of Europe. From the Neolithic ritual landscape of Bodmin Moor to the Arthurian traditions of Tintagel, from the mysterious china-clay country to the granite tors and tombs of the far south-west, Marsden assembles a chronology of our shifting attitudes to place. In archives, he uncovers the life and work of other 'topophiles' before him - medieval chroniclers and Tudor topographers, eighteenth-century antiquarians, post-industrial poets and abstract painters. Drawing also on his own travels overseas, Marsden reveals that the shape of the land lies not just at the heart of our history but of man's perennial struggle to belong on this earth.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847086280
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 694 g
Dimensions: 240 x 161 x 32 mm

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“Genius Loci ”

Philip Marsden's book is part tour of the ancient places of Britain and part evocation of their spirit.
I will admit to a preexisting love both of Cornwall and it's special places, and Philip Marsden's... More

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