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Explore Green Men

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Explore Green Men by Marcia MacDermott

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"Explore Green Men" is the first detailed study of the history of this motif for 25 years. Dr. MacDermott's research follows the Green Man back from the previous earliest known examples into its hitherto unrecognised origins in India about 2,300 years ago. The book starts by discussing the 'paganisation' of Green Men in recent decades, then follows backwards through the Victorian Gothic Revival, Baroque, Rococco and Italianate revivals, to their heyday in the Gothic and the supposed origins in the Romanesque. As part of this discussion there is background information on the cultural changes that affected how Green Men were regarded. The author also discusses the comparisons that have been made with Cernunnus, Robin Hood, Jack-in-the-Green, woodwoses, Baphomet, Al Khidr and Bulgarian peperuda. She also investigates which pagan god Green Men supposedly represent. The second edition contains a summary of independent confirmation of the links with Asia together with nine more illustrations. "Explore Green Men" is illustrated with 118 photographs and drawings, mostly of Green Men who have never before showed their faces in books. This book will appeal to all with an interest in Green Men and to art historians looking for a reliable study of this fascinating decorative motif.
Release date NZ
April 1st, 2006
Illustrated by Ruth Wylie
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
2nd Revised edition
109 b&w photographs, 8 line drawings, 1 map
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