Feb 14, 09
Read in February, 2009
very good history of cochineal. It is hard for someone living in the modern age of easily available, brightly dyed, colorfast fabrics to conceive of a simple dye being worth more than its weight in gold. Greenfield traces the history of the search for a brilliant red dye through the late Medieval to modern times. A story filled with intrigue, secrecy, conquest, scientific and technological developments. Very well paced.