“It is extraordinary, walking about the grounds [of the great estates that are such a marked feature of the English countryside] today, to think that their eighteenth-century owners laid out their seedlings in such a way as to reach perfection hundreds of years later. What assurance those early landscape gardeners had in the stability of the the nation and its political system. They expected their parks to be enjoyed, in their ripeness, by their great-great-great-grandchildren. They felt certain that their homes wouldn’t, in the meantime, have been expropriated by a tyrants, wrecked by a mob, or used to billet foreign invaders.”
— Daniel Hannan, How We Invented Freedom & Why It Matters, 2013.