A Peopled Landscape
A Lakes Anthology by Canon Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
LONGLISTED FOR LAKELAND BOOK OF YEAR 2020
Canon Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley (1851-1920) left his mark on the Lake District. He founded the National Trust and he fought for the conservation of the landscape. He erected monuments and resurrected festivals and established the Keswick School of Industrial Arts. And he was a very energetic, opinionated and influential clergyman and parish priest.
Few people have written as much about the Lakes as Hardwicke Rawnsley. He loved the landscape. He imagined Wordsworth and the Romantic poets as they were inspired by the beauty they saw and he wrote of the lakes peopled by figures from history. He reverenced the shepherds and other Lakelanders for their Viking inheritance and the richness of their culture.
He saw, as John Ruskin had seen, a natural world and a nobility in humanity which were being destroyed by industrialisation.
A century after his death, Rawnsley’s picture of the English Lakes is still important.
This anthology offers a generous selection from his finest writing.
In the Introduction, Stephen Matthews outlines Rawnsley’ws very active life and surveys the wide range of his literary work.
Paperback; 210 x 148mm