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 theFrom 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 purpose of gardens in those times, the types of plants grown, and the medicinal aspects, and also has a chapter on how to grow the individual flowers today. Garden plans and plant sources complete the book....
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Medieval Flowers Reviews
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.
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last section of the book which is about places you can go to, to see recreated medieval gardens is probably quite a bit out of date.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 rest of the information about the plants themselves and the medieval lifestyle is still relevant.
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.
Book of photographs but text was very interesting too. Highlights plants grown in medieval gardens through every season - they used lots of herbs.
Very pretty illustrations; however, the writer was rather out of touch with actual history.