Illustrated compendium of flowers, fruits, herbs and trees appearing in Shakespeare. 

Each plant is named, described and referenced with full Shakespeare quotes. For each plant too, there is a mine of useful facts and associations, for example, how the clinging burrs of the burdock plant became associated with obsessive crushes, or which poisonous plant Shakespeare was referring to in Hamlet with the term 'hebabon.' Gerit Quealy supplements the main text with a thoroughly-researched essay on Shakespeare's relationship to plants: his deep knowledge of botany and his unmatched skill in weaving metaphorical connections. A valuable source for readers interested in the herbal lore of Shakespeare's time.


New York: HarperDesign, 2017. Hardback, 207 pages. New.


Botanical Shakespeare - Gerit Quealy