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Medieval Flowers

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
From peony to poppy, and Solomon's seal and columbine to lily and iris, this illustrated book draws together those species of flowers - pure in colour and beautifully scented - that grew in medieval times and still grow today. Passing through the seasons, the book features gardens in Britain and elsewhere in Europe that can be traced back to medieval times. It details the ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 31st 1997 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published July 1997)
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Linda
May 15, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it
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Not a herbal or medicinal guide, Medieval Flowers is a lavishly illustrated compilation of history, folklore, usage, and the significance of herbs and flowers in medieval life. Example: St. John's Wort was a tool of divination, which predicted the course of love and the chances of matrimony, depending on whether a cut sprig wilted or remained fresh.
A welcome addition to my history and gardening libraries.
Pam Baddeley
Apr 29, 2016 Pam Baddeley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous coffee table style book that also has some interesting text about the lives of medieval people and the usages they made of plants. Some stunning photos of flowers. The only reason I've not given it 5 stars is it is pretty old now, even the paperback reprint I have is dated 2002 and I don't think it was updated from the 1997 hardback. So the last section of the book which is about places you can go to, to see recreated medieval gardens is probably quite a bit out of date. However, the ...more
Patricia
Jul 02, 2008 Patricia rated it really liked it
Flower lovers, before opening this book, have your smelling salts at the ready; you will surely swoon at the large, lovely photographs. The text is barely instructive and a student of the subject will want a text with notes and more extensive bibliography. But rare is the book that satisfies the eyes as richly as this lovely tome.
Elyse
Feb 11, 2016 Elyse rated it really liked it
Book of photographs but text was very interesting too. Highlights plants grown in medieval gardens through every season - they used lots of herbs.
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Oct 22, 2015 Jennifer Heise rated it it was ok
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Very pretty illustrations; however, the writer was rather out of touch with actual history.
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