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date: 26 June 2019

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This chapter summarizes the current state of research on royal and aristocratic landscapes of pleasure, including forests, parks, warrens, gardens, and tournament grounds. It is shown that archaeological evidence has made a strong contribution to knowledge about the function, extent, and significance of these landscapes across Britain. Nevertheless, much fieldwork remains to be done, especially in Wales and Scotland. The most fruitful approach to individual case studies and regional analysis is to combine documents, maps, and place-names with material remains. Future advances in understanding will require close engagement with wider debates about changes in the distribution of power during the Middle Ages.

Keywords: chases, forests, gardens, hunting, parks, tournaments

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