In Praise of Bees
A Cabinet of Curiosities
The bee is probably the most written about species after the human race. As so many commentators through the ages have discovered, here is far more to the insect than its biology and life cycle. In Praise of Bees explores bees' place in human lives and imaginations, from cave paintings and inscribed clay tablets through to our contemporary world.
Reviews for In Praise of Bees
Probably the best and definitely the most beautiful book about bees for people who didn’t know they could be interested in bees.
Daily Info, Oxford
The author has compiled a ‘cabinet’ of information relating to bees. She has delved into many historical aspects to gather these curiosities for our delight…This is a quality volume, expertly produced. It is copiously illustrated with photographs and line drawings. It is obvious that the author has carried out a huge amount of research. Reading this text will no doubt open your curiosity to the nuggets held within this cabinet.
This is clearly a labour of love and a life’s work, and it is full of eclectic, eccentric, informative, and delightful bee facts and fictions, a cabinet in whose ‘drawers’ myth, religion, politics, moral philosophy and folklore all have their place. Honeybees in particular have long been a source of great interest to human beings and Elizabeth Birchall ranges over the whole of human history to illustrate this point, starting with bee cave paintings and the biographies of some famous ‘bee masters’, from Aristotle to 20th-century Nobel prize winner, Karl von Frisch.
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