Join us on a literary world trip!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
Death in the Garden - Poisonous Plants & Their Use Throughout History - cover

Death in the Garden - Poisonous Plants & Their Use Throughout History

Michael Brown

Publisher: White Owl

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

“Readers who enjoy plants and offbeat tales will find Brown’s book a happy mix” (Publishers Weekly).   Mankind has always had a morbid fascination with poisonous plants. Over the centuries, poisonous plants have been used to remove garden pests—as well as unwanted rivals and deceitful partners. They have also been used for their medicinal qualities, as rather dangerous cosmetics, and even to help seduce a lover when perceived as an aphrodisiac. Some of these and other uses originate in a medieval book that has not yet been translated into English. This book delves into the history of these plants, covering such topics as:   How shamans and priests used these plants for their magical attributes, as a means to foretell the future or to commune with the godsHow a pot of basil helped to conceal a savage murderThe truth about the mysterious mandrakeA conundrum written by Jane Austen to entertain her family—the answer to which is one of the plants in this book   These stories and many more will enlighten you on these treacherous and peculiar plants, their defensive and deadly traits, the facts behind them, and the folklore that has grown around them.  
Available since: 03/30/2018.
Print length: 248 pages.

Other books that might interest you

  • Basic Quantum Chemistry - cover

    Basic Quantum Chemistry

    M. S. Prasada Rao

    • 0
    • 2
    • 1
    Basic quantum chemistry provides a coherent and structured approach in introducing the concept of 'quantum' to the students of quantum mechanics. An attempt is made to bring out the subtleties of quantum mechanics, hidden in its abstract laws and equations, applicable to the atomic domain by showing its relevance to the observable macroscopic world as well. This is nothing but providing “QUANTUM INSIGHT” into the nature of reality to enable one to think about the universe in a different perspective. The book helps the reader to dispel the stigma associated with quantum mechanics. The emphasis on conceptual approach provides a platform to stand on, and a stimulus to pursue higher quantum mechanics, the doorway to the all-pervasive quantum world.        
    Show book
  • Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America (Vol1-3) - Expedition in Central & South America 1799-1804 - cover

    Personal Narrative of Travels to...

    Alexander von Humboldt, Aimé...

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, during the years 1799-1804 is a three-volume account of an expedition taken from Spain to South America by naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland. The authors visited Venezuela, Cuba, Andes, Mexico and USA where they collected the material and made extensive notes. Their joint effort to record a memoir of this great expedition is quite interesting and valuable because it contain specific documentation of their scientific observations, but it also presents an intriguing and romantic work with many poetic descriptions of nature and the people who lived in the areas he visited.
    Show book