Hatfield's Herbal : The Curious Stories of Britain's Wild Plants
Hatfield's Herbal is the story of how people all over Britain have used its wild plants throughout history, for reasons magical, mystical and medicinal. Gabrielle Hatfield has drawn on a lifetime's knowledge to describe the properties of over 150 native plants, and the customs that surround them: from predicting the weather with seaweed to using deadly nightshade to make ladies' pupils dilate appealingly, and from ensuring a husband's faithfulness with butterbur to warding off witches by planting a rowan tree. Filled with stories, folklore and remedies both strange and practical, this is a memorable and eye-opening guide to the richness of Britain's heritage.
- Paperback | 464 pages
- 128 x 196 x 26mm | 322.05g
- 20 May 2009
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- Yes: 100
'Covers remedies from agrimony to yew and the history of their use' Sunday Times, Books of the Year 'This book screams quality and depth of knowledge ... a magnificent herbal book' Gardens Illustrated
About Gabrielle Hatfield
Gabrielle Hatfield is a distinguished historian of plant medicine. The winner of two literary prizes (Michaelis-Jean Ratcliff prize and John Thackray Medal), she is currently research associate at Kew and member of the council of management of Ethnomedica.