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Quartz and Feldspar By Matthew Kelly

Quartz and Feldspar
by Matthew Kelly

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What is modern Dartmoor and what should it be? Did druids officiate here? Can the bog be drained and crops grown? Is it the place for a prison? And what of its peoples future, and the fate of its ponies, cows and sheep? This book deals with these questions.
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Quartz and Feldspar: Dartmoor - A British Landscape in Modern Times by Matthew Kelly

Granite, a tough composite of quartz, feldspar and mica, is the stuff of Dartmoor, the most formidable of the five granite bosses punctuating Britain's southwest peninsula. A miserable place of rain and bog or a sunny upland of exquisite natural beauty, here the elements are raw, the sky huge and nature seems ascendant. But it is no less a place made by human beings. Stone circles, crosses, dwellings and boundaries speak of the ancient, medieval and modern people that extracted a living from the moorscape and created what it is today. Where convicts are incarcerated, backpackers roam freely; where commoners graze livestock, the army is trained; where the National Park Authority exercises control, the Duchy of Cornwall claims ownership. And Dartmoor remains a place that provides. Reservoirs hold the water drunk by local people. China clay is extracted from its mineral reserves. Not long ago granite was quarried from its hillsides. What is modern Dartmoor and what should it be? Did druids officiate here? Can the bog be drained and crops grown? Is it the place for a prison? And what of its peoples future, and the fate of its ponies, cows and sheep? For three hundred years such questions have been asked of the moor. Quartz and Feldspar does not so much provide answers as unearth those who did and the arguments they provoked.

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Quartz and Feldspar Reviews


"Kelly's fine book, with its rigorous deconstructionist approach, acts as a better guide to the moor than any hikers' map." -- Philip Marsden Spectator "Will give you plenty to think about...covers subjects including biodiversity and social history, [and] conveys this mysterious moorscape's story from ancient rights to rewilding." -- Max Liu Independent "Impressively researched, and passionate... A valuable, heartfelt, well-written work." -- Joanna Briscoe Guardian "Elegantly written, shrewdly observed, and a perfect read for those "staycationing" [at Devon and Cornwall] in particular." -- Neil Gregor Times Higher Education "An imaginative cultural history, exploring with elan geological, literary and historical associations." -- Roy Foster Times Literary Supplement

About Matthew Kelly


Matthew Kelly was born in Devon, educated at Oxford and now teaches at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Finding Poland which was published by Jonathan Cape in 2010 and The Fenian Ideal and Irish Nationalism, 1882-1916.

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GOR008793890
Quartz and Feldspar: Dartmoor - A British Landscape in Modern Times by Matthew Kelly
Matthew Kelly
Used - Like New
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2015-06-04
496
0224091131
9780224091138
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.