• Title: How To Read A Country House
  • Author: Jeremy Musson
  • ISBN: 9780091900762
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How To Read A Country House Why was heraldry so important to the families for whom houses were built How does the layout of a house reveal the values of the people who lived in it By reading the architectural features of a house
    Why was heraldry so important to the families for whom houses were built How does the layout of a house reveal the values of the people who lived in it By reading the architectural features of a house even simple items such as windows, doors, chimneys and staircases we can learn so much about the past Interiors, as well as exteriors, have a story to tell, with floorWhy was heraldry so important to the families for whom houses were built How does the layout of a house reveal the values of the people who lived in it By reading the architectural features of a house even simple items such as windows, doors, chimneys and staircases we can learn so much about the past Interiors, as well as exteriors, have a story to tell, with floor layouts and contents of rooms revealing much about the people who built and lived in them We can also read the iconography of a house its symbols and images, spanning subjects such as classical mythology, religion and British history Heraldry too is an essential tool for understanding much of the details found in country houses, from coats of arms to crests, or fireplace decorations and ceiling bosses Through all this, we gain a glimpse into the social world of the families who lived there and discover that the stories of many country houses are inextricably linked by marriage, royalty or political or military service.Richly illustrated with stunning photographs from the unique archive of Country Life magazine, this book is a joy for all those who want to learn about our heritage, art and architecture, and the essential characteristics of a classic country house.

    One Reply to “How To Read A Country House”

    1. Excellent, reader friendly book. Makes me want to return to the manors I have already visited and study them with new eyes.

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