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14 August 2014 | by Helen Gosh

Built by numbers

A decade of work by volunteers is uncovering an Elizabethan Northamptonshire garden rich in Catholic symbolism, which is testament to the beliefs of an English recusant Viewers of the faux-historical ­fantasy drama Game of Thrones or BBC television’s The Tudors might be forgiven for thinking that our forebears were not different from us at all, other than they wore different clothes. Conveying the idea that they might have had a different view of the world and their place in it, or have had a concept of a “good life” that was different from our own, does not make for popular television. So it is not surprising that, even when thinking about different social mores and assumptions in the relatively recent past, ­people wonder at how “they” (who might i


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