The Meaning of Herbs: Myth, Language & Lore by Ann Field, Gretchen Scoble

By Ann Field, Gretchen Scoble

"Take borage for braveness. ship a bouquet of yarrow to claim conflict. grasp a spray of rue on the door to maintain witches at bay." Like flora, herbs are steeped in fantasy and magic, secrets and techniques and lore. for hundreds of years, their powers were known as upon to seduce enthusiasts and dispel witches, ship hidden messages and brew powerful elixirs, attract the palate and soothe the brain. Illustrated with captivating collages by way of acclaimed artist Ann box, this pleasant tribute to the that means and magic of herbs bargains a latest advent to an age-old culture. The textual content attracts on botanical, mythological, and historic assets around the globe, from historical Rome to Victorian England, from Asia to the Americas, offering profiles of over 50 herbs favourite throughout the a long time. mixing truth, folktale, typical heritage, and unique paintings, The which means of Herbs explores the language and lore of nature's such a lot flexible and strong presents.

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On 16 April 1941, for example, seven Friedrichs of III. Gruppe were damaged to varying degree in one such early 'Circus' operation against Bercksur-Mer south ofLe Touquet. 1]G 53's Leutnant Herbert Schramm claimed over the Straits on this date remained unconfirmed - presumably from lack ofwitnesses - they may well have been the two Polish-flown machines ofN 0 303 Sqn that formed part of the Blenheims' escort, and which were shot down off Dungeness. Twenty-four hours earlier, on 15 April, II. Gruppe had had insult added to injury when its base at St Orner Arques had been ground strafed - by Messerschmitts of] G 52, whose pilots were convinced that they were flying over southern England!

While nearly 100 twin-engined bombers were despatched against the Gneisenau in Brest, a force of 15 Halifax heavy bombers made the longer haul down to La Pallice. Here, they were confronted by the Bf 109Es of 2. Schulstajfel, scrambled from nearby La Rochelle and led by the unit's more experienced NCO instructors. In a running fight lasting more than half-an-hour, the Stajfel claimed the destruction of six Halifaxes (in fact, five were lost, and all the remainder damaged) at the cost to themselves ofjust one Emil, whose pilot bailed out to safety.

Invariably unescorted, they fell easy prey to the waiting Messerschmitts. By day's end all but the first three ofL/]G 53's 18 victories had taken the form of twin-engined bombers. Meanwhile, Major von Maltzahn's Geschwaderstab had been flying a succession offteie Jagd and ground-attack sorties over the same areas to the north and east of Brest-Litovsk. The Kommodore himself got the first of the morning's trio ofI-153 fighters, and then also claimed one ofthe three bombers downed in the afternoon.

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