Subscribe to our newsletter
Picture of The Herb in History, Mysteries and Crafts

The Herb in History, Mysteries and Crafts

Author(s): Zenia Sacks DaSilva

Book Description

This book is not the usual herbal; not a homeopathic handbook, a cookbook or a gardener’s consort; not even a compendium of history or lore, though these are its favourite pursuits. At heart, it is a tale of humanity’s poignant relationship with nature. Told in short vignettes, profusely illustrated and sprinkled with personal asides, it touches broadly on the role of plants in legend, in religion, in medicine, commerce, crafts and tradition, in literature, language, politics, beauty, in the rise and fall of empires, in food and manners, in love, in murder, and in crushing social passions. It selects from the trove of history and science moments that amaze, or shock, or move us to disbelief, and asks us to explore the uncanny bond between us and our non-speaking partners in creation.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5687-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5687-8
Date of Publication: 01/05/2017
Pages / Size: 365 / A5
Price: £64.99


Zenia Sacks DaSilva is Professor Emerita of Spanish Language and Literatures at Hofstra University, USA. A noted author of Spanish textbooks, scholarly essays and literary critiques, she also has an enduring fascination with herbs – their mysteries, myths, talents and vices, and their impact on society throughout the ages. This is Dr DaSilva’s first publication outside her field in academia.