Hampton Court Revisited: A Re-evaluation of the Consumer
The Hampton Court maze survives as a relic of the Wilderness Gardens created by William III’s royal gardeners in the 1690s. Its status in relation to the Palace is a peripheral one, its current survival based on the assumption that it functions as an idiosyncratic quirk in contrast to the organised sedentary of the main gardens. However, in one important sense the maze, or more exactly the idea of the maze, signifies at a cultural level; and this is manifested through the way in which the deceptions, reversals and trickery of the maze apply to the ways in which knowledge is consumed within the Palace itself.
KeywordsCultural Level Current Survival Guide Book Royal Palace Leisurely Pace
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