Book Announcement: The Herb in History, Mysteries and Crafts

The Herb in History, Mysteries and Crafts now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp365, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Herb in History, Mysteries and Crafts by Zenia Sacks DaSilva.

This book is not the usual herbal; not a homeopathic handbook, a cookbook or a gardener’s consort; not even a compendium of history or lore, though these are its favourite pursuits. At heart, it is a tale of humanity’s poignant relationship with nature. Told in short vignettes, profusely illustrated and sprinkled with personal asides, it touches broadly on the role of plants in legend, in religion, in medicine, commerce, crafts and tradition, in literature, language, politics, beauty, in the rise and fall of empires, in food and manners, in love, in murder, and in crushing social passions. It selects from the trove of history and science moments that amaze, or shock, or move us to disbelief, and asks us to explore the uncanny bond between us and our non-speaking partners in creation.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

The Herb in History, Mysteries and Crafts can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

For further information on placing an order for this title, please contact

About the Author

Zenia Sacks DaSilva is Professor Emerita of Spanish Language and Literatures at Hofstra University, USA. A noted author of Spanish textbooks, scholarly essays and literary critiques, she also has an enduring fascination with herbs – their mysteries, myths, talents and vices, and their impact on society throughout the ages. This is Dr DaSilva’s first publication outside her field in academia.

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