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A Shakespearean Botanical

By: Margaret Willes (Author)

200 pages, 60 colour illustrations

Bodleian Library

Hardback | Oct 2015 | #224116 | ISBN-13: 9781851244379
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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, A Shakespearean Botanical marries the beauty of Shakespeare's lines with charming contemporary renderings of the plants he described so vividly.


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Biography

Margaret Willes is a former publisher and author of several books including, Pick of the Bunch: The Story of Twelve Treasured Flowers, Bodleian Library Publishing (2009) and The Making of the English Gardener: Plants, Books and Inspiration 1560-1660, Yale University Press (2011).

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