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Pleasure garden
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1. Term

Although today the term “pleasure garden” (Garden, French jardin de plaisance; Latin viridarium; German Lustgarten, Kunstgarten, Prachtgarten, Ziergarten) generally refers to a park open to the public for recreation, its origins lie in the concept of the “pleasance,” a secluded garden enclosure attached to a house which became defined as distinct from the utilitarian kitchen or herb garden in the early modern period.

“Pleasure” denotes in general …

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Klemun, Marianne, “Pleasure garden”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023522>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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