Co-written with Brian Earnshaw
The last unexplored frontier in English architectural history is that enigmatic time between 1642 and 1660 - the Interregnum and Cromwell's Commonwealth. During this turbulent period the existing native vernacular style collapsed and a new capitalist puritan classicism emerged under the influence of its key practitioner, Inigo Jones.
In a lively and often controversial text, Mowl and Earnshaw challenge established views on the careers of Inigo Jones, John Webb and Roger Pratt, and dismiss the myth of Isaac de Caus. Their main focus is the architecture of the country house within its garden, but church design and urban planning in the capital also feature. As the first published work on a time of great stylistic change, this study presents a complete reappraisal of the architectural character of Cromwell's England.