Monthly Archives: August 2014

More on Rushlights

Thinking about the rushlight story, these would only have been readily available to the poor where there was easy access to animal fat. This could have been a problem when only the elites ate meat on a regular basis. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Flora Britannica

On a recent trip to England, I discovered a marvellous book: Richard Mabey’sĀ Flora Britannica (Chatto & Windus, London, 1996). This is not a dry encyclopaedia of plant descriptions but rather a wonderful social history of human relationships with the plant … Continue reading

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