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In Praise of Bees: A Cabinet of Curiosities
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Elizabeth Birchall
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In Praise of Bees: A Cabinet of Curiosities

Elizabeth Birchall


Quiller Press

Mathematics & Sciences;
Wildlife: aquatic creatures;
The countryside, country life


256 pages

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This fascinating and comprehensive book explores the bee's place in human society from prehistoric cave paintings and inscribed clay tablets through to our contemporary world - a cabinet whose drawers are filled with nuggets of bee science and practical beekeeping, myth, religion, politics, philosophy and folklore. There is a selection of verse and a rich variety of illustrations ranging from Old Masters and scientific etchings to modern photographs. An in-depth look at bees' complex society and their present plight, the ongoing political and scientific to and fro regarding pesticides and other threats are also discussed, given the bee's importance as plant pollinator in agriculture and the wild.

By:   Elizabeth Birchall
Imprint:   Quiller Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 260mm,  Width: 180mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   1.043kg
ISBN:   9781846891922
ISBN 10:   1846891922
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   November 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Dr Elizabeth Birchall has long been interested in bee lore and mythology. She was born in Newark on Trent and has had a wide and varied life - from joining the Fleet Air Arm as a Wren aircraft mechanic, practising social worker and manager for various local authorities, interspersed with degrees and diplomas from universities, to a Research Fellow at Stirling University investigating inter-professional cooperation in child protection. Now retired, the author currently lives in the Cotswolds.

'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.' - The Good Book Guide

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