Kimberley Skelton
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In the context of the mid-seventeenth-century acceptance of motion as a mode of comprehending one's world, Englishmen and women rethought the staccato rhythm of movement and pause on house and estate in terms of physical and mental travel. As battles between Parliamentarian and Royalist armies crisscrossed England during the Civil War, house and estate might or might not be the familiar sites of warm welcome. According to the poet Mildmay Fane, the 'home' of an estate had become so unfamiliar that it could contain experiences expected of travel beyond England's shores. Owner and guest travelled across Europe while they were seemingly at home, in a rhetorical echo of the house facade that was a Continental template. From mid-century, Englishmen and women experienced once familiar house and estate through a range of cues house facade, poetic rhetoric, and printed representation that invited them to become curious travellers.

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