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Ruins-and-follies

Review – Ruins and Follies of East Anglia

This is a book you will want in your pocket if you are going for a stroll in East Anglia. Through his writing, Edward Couzens-Lake – a passionate explorer of Norwich – accompanies the reader to 45 sites, each of which is given a concise historical description and photographs.

Writing-Britain's-Ruins

Review – Writing Britain’s Ruins

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Reformation and the Civil War reduced a great many of Britain’s abbeys and castles to ruins – or, as they are described by a number of 18th- and 19thcentury poets, ‘piles’ of a ‘venerable’, ‘stately’, ‘stupendous’ or ‘lowly’ variety, or even ‘dismal Heaps’. These monuments have formed part of the country’s cultural consciousness, and their impact can be felt particularly keenly in Gothic fiction and Gothic Revival architecture.