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Title: Perceptions of the Norfolk landscape c. 1500-1750
Author: Whyte, Nicola.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3567 7239
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2005
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Until relatively recently the emphasis in landscape archaeology has mainly been concerned with the impact of human activities on the landscape, and how local environments have shaped patterns of demography, agricultural practices and settlement. This thesis attempts to recover some of the possible ways in which people in the early modem period experienced and perceived their physical surroundings. This is achieved through a detailed analysis of court records and cartographic evidence for Norfolk. Particular attention is paid to evaluating how contemporary interpretations of the landscape were affected by the principle social, economic and ideological changes of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. An attempt is made to define some broad spatial changes underway in this period - changes that were themselves related in complex and subtle ways. These include: the transformation of religious topographies following the changes brought about during the 'Reformation'; the developing role of the parish as the basic unit for governance; and the changing balance of interests between manor and parish. It explores the interconnections between landscape, memory and custom: the re-use of material relics of the past - their utilisation in new contexts - and their integration within the 'language' of custom. The overall aim is to achieve a more nuanced understanding of the post-medieval landscape than is often presented, by considering the landscape, as it was 'inhabited'.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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