Following the popularity of The Curious History of the Crossword, The Curious History of Mazes presents readers with an interactive history of mazes, coupled with challenging puzzles to give readers hours of tangled and educational fun.
The Curious History of Mazes presents the history of many types of mazes and the role they've served through history, plus a collection of mazes for you to solve yourself.
From prehistoric times, mazes and labyrinths worldwide have served as different symbolic, ritualistic, and practical purposes. Taken as a powerful metaphor for life's journey, they can be used as tools for meditation and learning at any level, even when completed for recreation. Maze images can be enjoyed as motifs themselves, but also in their material forms—a meditation, puzzle, dance, walk, ritual, pilgrimage, or simply a day out.
The Curious History of Mazes, the follow-up edition to the successful The Curious History of the Crossword, presents the history of mazes in a fun and engaging format. Learn how mazes have evolved through history, from the earliest recorded labyrinths, classical and medieval mazes, right up to modern day and pop culture. You will be amazed at the variety of materials used to build these disorienting constructions, among them turf, stone, hedges, and topiaries. A gazetteer at the back maps out historical, modern, famous, and interesting mazes around the world.
Divided into chronologically historical chapters, ready-to-solve mazes are interspersed throughout the narrative for readers to test their smarts—giving the best of two worlds: learning and play.
About the Author
Dr. Julie E. Bounford is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds a doctorate from the University of East Anglia. Julie works as a researcher and tutor. Her passion for social history led her to be project manager for the 2017 Cambridge History Festival. Her latest book is an illustrated social history of Heffers of Cambridge, famous booksellers since 1876.
Introduction [includes a brief explanation of the different maze periods used in the book]
Chapter 1 - The Origins and Definitions of Mazes [chapter covers the earliest recorded labyrinths, early forms, patterns, purposes and symbols: 2000 bce]
Chapter 2 - The Classical Maze [chapter covers mazes in the ancient world, building on the origins: from 1500 bce to 500 ce]
Chapter 3 - The Spiritual Maze [chapter covers mazes in different world locations e.g. Asia, Indonesia, Africa and the Americas, including mazes as a symbol of tribal identity: from 250 bce]
Chapter 4 - The Medieval Maze [chapter covers mazes in cathedrals, churches, castles and chateaux: from 500 to 1700 ce]
Chapter 5 - The Rustic Maze [chapter covers turf and stone mazes: from 1300 to 1700 ce]
Chapter 6 - The Romantic Maze [chapter covers hedge/topiary mazes and garden creations: from 1700 to 1900 ce]
Chapter 7 - The Modern Maze [chapter covers mazes from 1900 to 2017 ce]
Chapter 8 - Left Brain, Right Brain [chapter covers mazes as tools for personal development, solving puzzles and having fun]
Chapter 9 - Mazes in Popular Culture [chapter covers mazes in movies (possibly television?), drama and literature]
Chapter 10 - Mazes today: a Gazetteer [chapter includes a world map locating historical, modern replicas, famous and interesting mazes] Solutions References
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 29th August 2018
Publisher: Wellfleet Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 21.0
Weight (kg): 0.63