New Publication: ‘The Enclosed Garden and the Medieval Religious Imaginary’ by Liz Herbert McAvoy

During the Middle Ages, the arresting motif of the walled garden – especially in its manifestation as a sacred or love-inflected hortus conclusus – was a common literary device. Usually associated with the Virgin Mary or the Lady of popular romance, it appeared in myriad literary and iconographic forms, largely for its aesthetic, decorative and symbolic qualities.