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The Medieval Flower Book

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In our modern world, the spiny-stemmed flowers, intertwined leaves, and delicate pink blossoms of the rubus fruticosus, or common blackberry bramble, might catch the eye of the casual observer or weekend gardener. Pleasant, prolific, and decorative, plants like the blackberry are looked upon as sources for harvest, landscape, and visual pleasure. To the medieval and Renaissance artist, however, these botanicals were far more. Part of a richly symbolic visual language culled from the classical era, their exquisite depiction in illuminated manuscripts of the age evoked fertility, conjured bad dreams, and even aligned itself with ancient wisdom. The popular and enduring appeal of flowers in medieval art and literature extended beyond simple botanical illustration; instead, flowers helped to tell countless stories without words through potent symbolic imagery.

The Medieval Flower Book artfully presents an alphabetical collection of over one hundred of the major flowers that appear in medieval manuscriptsandmdash;gathered with fascinating explanatory texts on their history, significance, and usage. The sumptuous reproductions that accompany each entry offer a visual reference to the symbolism of botanicals in medieval manuscripts thatandrsquo;s beyond breathtaking in its appeal. An introductory section explaining the ancient roots of practical horticultureandrsquo;s expansion into cultural and spiritual realms not only places the volume in the context of gardening history, but gives the general reader insight into our enduring interest in these remarkable herbals.and#160;

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Widely appealing to all of those interested in flowers and gardening, the horticultural historian, and the student of visual culture and medieval history, The Medieval Flower Book is a fascinating and important primer on the beauty and language of florals. Extensively ranging through the canon of medieval botanicalsandmdash;from acanthus and anemones to violets and wallflowersandmdash;this volume is the perfect gift for anyone interested in blossoms and blooms, and should thrill the everyday gardener and art collector alike.

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About the Author

Celia Fisher gained her MA and PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she studied flowers in fifteenth-century paintings and manuscripts. She has worked for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew as part of a project evaluating the uses of plants. She lectures and writes widely on the history of plants and gardens in art, and is a keen gardener. Her publications include Flowers and Fruit (National Gallery, 1998), Still Life Paintings (Vadi, 2000), Flowers in Medieval Manuscripts (British Library, 2004), and The Medieval Flower Book (British Library, 2007).

Table of Contents

Introduction

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Descriptions of Plants

Acanthus

Anemone and Adonis

Apples

Artemisia

Arum

Balm and Melissa

Beans and Broadbeans

Betony

Blackberries and Raspberries

Bluebells

Borage and Comfrey

Broom Bryony

Campanula

Campion

Carline thistle

Centaury and Cornflower

Cherries and Plums

Cinquefoil and Ladyand#8217;s mantle

Clover and Vetch

Columbine

Convolvulus

Corncockle and Soapwort

Cranesbill

Cyclamen

Daffodils

Daisies

Dill and Coriander

Elecampane

Euphorbia

Figs

Forget-me-nots and Speedwells

Foxgloves

Garlic

Gourds, Cucumbers and Melons

Hawthorn

Hellebores

Hollyhocks and Mallows

Honeysuckle

Hops

Houseleeks

Hyssop and Marjoram

Irises

Ivy and Bay

Jasmine

Larkspur and Monkshood

Lavender

Lettuce and Dandelion

Lilies

Lily of the valley and Solomonand#8217;s seal

Lupins

Mandrake

Marigolds

Medlars and Pears

Mulberries

Mullein

Nettles and Hemp

Nigella

Nightshade

Oranges

Orchids

Peas

Peonies

Pepper

Periwinkles

Physalis

Pinks

Plantain

Pomegranates

Poppies

Primroses and Cowslips

Quinces and Peaches

Redcurrants, Blackcurrants and Gooseberries

Rosemary

Roses

Saffron crocuses and Safflowers

Sage

Snowdrops and Snowflakes

Sorrels and Woodsorrels

Stocks and Sweet rockets

Strawberries

Tansy and Feverfew

Thistles

Vervain and St Johnand#8217;s wort

Vines

Violets and Violas

Wallflowers

Waterlilies

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Further Reading

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Index of Manuscripts

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General Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780712358941
Author:
Fisher, Celia
Publisher:
British Library
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Art-Calligraphy
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
140 color plates
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.5 x 8.75 in

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