Gardens and fields

Gillian Rudd

in Greenery

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780719072482
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701713 | DOI:
Gardens and fields

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This chapter discusses the use of gardens and fields in medieval texts, where they both provide a sense of retreat from the outside world and restoration of the spirit. It determines that the garden can also become a debased place of sexual delight or become a form of a prison. This chapter centres on Piers Plowman and Pearl and the importance of gardens in these texts.

Keywords: gardens; fields; sense of retreat; sexual delight; prison; Piers Plowman; Pearl

Chapter.  17841 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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