"Houses of the Gentry, 1480-1680" by Nicholas Cooper

Houses of the Gentry, 1480-1680 Nicholas Cooper

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Publication date:
10 Nov 1999
Yale University Press
386 pages: 285 x 245 x 31mm
50 colour plates, 250 b&w illustrations

An account of the houses that were built and inhabited by the upper classes from 1480 to 1680. Architectural historian Nicholas Cooper explores hundreds of gentry houses, well known and less familiar, and considers their evolution in the light of economic, social and political changes of the age.

"For anyone interested in the architectural history of England this book is a treasure, and like so many good things English it is the result of generous, low-profile private patronage."?Colin Baillieu, Architects? Journal

"Houses of the Gentry 1480-1680, provides for the first time a full account of the houses that were built and inhabited by the upper class during this rich and fascinating period. . . . This abundantly illustrated book is a treasury of information about English upper-class houses of 1480 to 1680, and about the attitudes and motives of those who built, owned, and lived in them."?Antiques Journal

"It has the rich texture of a book that has been ten years in the making, is backed by an impressive weight of material and research, and will deservedly become a standard work." ?Mark Girouard, Times Literary Supplement

"Cooper?s masterful work on the evolution of the gentry house significantly advances the understanding of the relationships between domestic architecture and society in early modern England. . . . Informed by exhaustive documentary and field-based research, Cooper?s history will endure as a seminal work for all who seek to comprehend the character of the English house. Highly recommended."?Choice

"An invaluable and extensive resource for scholars of the period."?Paula Henderson, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

"A landmark, a magnificent study of country house architecture based on a lifetime?s research, written with power, authority and style and presented with all the familiar expertise of Yale University Press. 334 illustrations, many of them of little-known houses, are carefully integrated with the text, so reading the book becomes a visual feast as well as an invitation to trek the country houses route anew."?Anthony Fletcher, History Today

"A magnificent book. . . . Cooper?s volume must surely become the standard work."?Northern History

Co-winner of the 2001 Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain