A Shakespearean Botanical download free [PDF and Ebook] by Margaret Willes

A Shakespearean Botanical download free [PDF and Ebook] by Margaret Willes year 2015
  • Book name: A Shakespearean Botanical
  • Author: Margaret Willes
  • Release date: 2015/11/7
  • Publisher: THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY
  • Language: English
  • Genre or Collection: Poetry and Drama
  • ISBN: 9781851244379
  • Rating: 9.05 of 10
  • Votes: 227
  • Review by: Kynlee Bryan
  • Review rating: 8.11 of 10
  • Review Date: 2018/11/21
  • Total pages: 208
  • Includes a PDF summary of 24 pages
  • Description or summary of the book: When Falstaff calls upon the sky to rain potatoes in The Merry Wives of Windsor, he is highlighting the late sixteenth-century belief that the exotic vegetable, recently introduced to England from the Americas, was an aphrodisiac. In Romeo and Juliet, Lady Capulet calls for quinces to make pies for the marriage feast of her daughter. This fruit was traditionally connected with weddings and fertility, as echoed by John Gerard in his herbal where he also explained that eating quinces would `bring forth wise children, and of good understanding'. Taking fifty quotations centring on flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables, Margaret Willes gives these botanical references their social context to provide an intriguing and original focus on daily life in Tudor and Jacobean England, looking in particular at medicine, cookery, gardening and folklore traditions. Exquisitely illustrated with unique hand-painted engravings from the Bodleian Library's copy of John Gerard's herbal of 1597, this book marries the beauty of Shakespeare's lines with charming contemporary renderings of the plants he described so vividly.
  • Estimated reading time (average reader): 12H11M27S
  • Other categories, genre or collection: Literary Studies: General, Botany & Plant Sciences, Shakespeare Studies & Criticism
  • Available formats: LRF, PDF, DOC, LIT, OEB, EPUB, TXT, WORD. Compressed in RAR, CBR, ZIP, TZO
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  • Format: Hardback
  • Approximate value: 18.89 USD
  • Dimensions: 118x184x22.61mm
  • Weight: 390.09g
  • Printed by: Not Available
  • Published in: Oxford, United Kingdom
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