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Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place

Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place

  • Title: Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place
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  • ISBN : 9781847086280
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 348 pages


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 reg 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 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


Author Philip Marsden

Philip Marsden is the author of a number of works of travel writing, fiction and non fiction, including The Bronski House, The Spirit Wrestlers and The Levelling Sea He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into fifteen languages He lives in Cornwall.




Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place Reviews (31)

  • Some very nice writing indeed, but not much of a storyline The book is something of a jumble of mythology, geology, prehistory, and recent biographical information about some famous Cornish residents, overlaid on a gentle travel memoir I enjoyed learning about the meanings of Cornish place names, i [..]

  • The well known phrase of the estate agent location, location, location where the right spot can be very beneficial to your financial position But in this book, Marsden is looking for something much, much deeper in meaning than that superficial statement, and what he wants to consider is the word pla [..]

  • 4.5 There have been times writing this book, trying to reach the meaning of a place across the ages, when I have felt a shadow pass over my desk Absolutely excellent book, thoroughly enjoyed it A mixture of personal history, cultural history, travelogue and wonderful nature writing How difficult it [..]

  • This proved to be a fascinating account that deals with one of my long term interests the power and meaning of place and landscape with emphasis upon spiritual experiences In the course of the book Marsden walks to various places in the South West of England exploring ancient monuments as well as re [..]

  • This is a bitter sweet book for me The last present my Dad bought me before he died It s a testament to his thoughtful, caring nature that it was so spot on.Dad read the reviews and decided that it would be right up my street, how right he was My own books are rooted in Cornwall, the subject lovingl [..]

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