Markham, Gervase 1568-1636

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Markham was one of the best known gardening writers of the early Stuart days. In his early years he fought in the wars in the Low Countries. He finally settled down in England and became a famous breeder of horses. He is believed to have imported the first Arab horse into England.

His garden writings are full of freshness and enthusiasm and in their time his books were very popular. He published in 1613 The English Husbandman. In 1614 he published The Second Booke of the English Husbandman. His book permits us to reconstruct the orchard, "pleasure garden" and kitchen garden of the nobles and gentlemen of the Stuart period. He attempted to deprecate the development of gardens based on ideas introduced from Italy, France and Germany. His gardens were to be "strictly English."

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