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The brief life of flowers

Stafford, Fiona J.2019
Come rain or shine, flowers feature perennially in the landscape of human history. Their beauty has inspired some of the greatest works of art and literature, captivating creative minds from Ovid to O'Keeffe, Wordsworth to Van Gogh, Botticelli to Beatrix Potter. But flowers have also played a key part in forming the past, and may even shape our future. Some have served as symbols of monarchs, dynasties and nations - from the Wars of the Roses to the Order of the Thistle. And while the poppy is often associated with WWI, it was the elderflower that treated its wounded soldiers, joining a long line of healing flowers that have developed modern medicine, including lavender and foxgloves. From the personal to the political, flowers play a part in all aspects of life.
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The brief life of flowers / Fiona Stafford.
London : John Murray, 2019.
vii, 232 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Originally published: 2018.Includes bibliographical references and index.
9781473686373 (pbk. :)
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