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Brother Cadfael's Herb Garden: An Illustrated Companion to Medieval Plants and Their Uses (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  97 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Brother Cadfael is the world's best-known twelfth-century monk, o renowned herbalist and clever sleuth who has appeared in twenty novels as well as an ongoing public television series starring Derek Jacobi. Now, with this beautifully illustrated book, Cadfael fans can spend a typical year with their favorite monk, following him on his rounds as Shrewsbury's apothecary and ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Bulfinch Press (first published November 14th 1996)
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Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

Lovely, lovely book for anyone who:

- Loves the Brother Cadfael book series
- Enjoys herbals
- Is a fan of coffee-table companion books with pretty, glossy color photographs

Well organized and laid out; easy to read in one short sitting.

Dana Stabenow
What a delightful book!

Robin Whiteman has made something of a career out of creating works based around the world of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael novels (see also Cadfael Country and The Cadfael Companion). Here Whiteman delves into Cadfael's garden, where so many ills were treated and so many mysteries solved. First comes a first-rate introduction, the most harrowing part of which details the destruction of so many monastic herbals during Henry VIII's Dissolution

Whole shiploads, we are told,
Lovely illustrated book dedicated to Edith Pargeter (Ellis Peters) who wrote the wonderful Cadfael books. Descriptions of Cadfael's work as a healer, quotes from the books and other history books, and an A to Z section of all the medieval herbs and plants used by the monk.
This is one to buy, although unfortunately it seems to be out of print. Excellent quotes from the Cadfael books and historical sources, gorgeous photos, interesting information about herbs.
Vicki Cline
The book lists all of the plants mentioned in the 20-book series, along with their uses and sometimes a picture. I had no idea there would be so many of them. And I was surprised that chamomile wasn't there, although I'm sure Brother Cadfael grew it - it just didn't come up in his adventures.
Jun 14, 2008 Katy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gardeners
If you have read the brother cadfael books you have read much of this one but I did learn the nine sacred herbs which have power against nine magic outcasts, against nine venoms, against nine flying things, and against the loathed things that over land rove
This book is out of print and I actually didn't read it, but if it is connected to Cadfael, then (by default) it is fantastic. Cadfael rocks.
Jul 15, 2011 Gwnhwyfer marked it as looks-interesting
From the bibliographies of Ellen Dugan's Garden Witchery (2003) and Green Witch's Herbal (2009).
May 25, 2010 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any herb gardener
excellent herb techniques & a good read....throw some sex & it'll be a best seller!
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