Como Fénix Renascida: Matas, Bosques e Arvoredos (Séculos XVI-XX). Representações, Gestão, Fruição

Translated title of the contribution: Like Reborn Phoenix: Woods, forests and thickets (16th to 20th centuries)

Cristina Joanaz de Melo (Editor/Coordinator)

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Throughout history, the forest has generated spiritual and artistic concepts and representations, allowed economic and social uses and acquired utilitarian and playful functions. Crossing different periods and contexts, this book aims to reflect on innovative themes ranging from representation to forest management and enjoyment. The narrative, intentionally polyhedral, explores the representations of forests, woods and groves in the stained glass of national production from the medieval and modern times, as well as in the faience from the 16th to the 18th centuries. At the same time, the exploitation and regeneration of forest resources is analyzed, considering territorial management, respective or land use planning and fruition, enjoying natural elements from the end of the Middle Ages to the 19th century. And, finally, it addresses the relationship and meanings that are established between royal hunting and leisure in the royal preserves at the end of the constitutional monarchy.
Intentionally, we tried to work on chronological periods prior to the great ecological scourges triggered by World Wars and the world demographic boom of the 20th century, from which the relationship with the forest changed exponentially. Currently, in a paradigm of ecological-environmental reflection, it is considered that the world forest heritage is at risk and, as a result of this unquestionable reality, the life of the planet, as we know it, is also jeopardisedk. With this work, in addition to bringing to light issues hitherto left in the shade about forest studies, betting on an innovative approach around the theme -forest, valuing it and remembering also the prominent place it has occupied over the centuries and which the 21st century is expected to value again.
Translated title of the contributionLike Reborn Phoenix: Woods, forests and thickets (16th to 20th centuries)
Original languagePortuguese
Place of PublicationLisboa
Number of pages187
ISBN (Print)978-989-689-946-2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Publication series



  • FOREST history
  • Stained glass
  • Ceramics
  • leisure
  • woods history
  • forest renewal


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