The profit of bees and honey: beekeeping manuals on the cusp of scientific study, 1568-1657

The profit of bees and honey: beekeeping manuals on the cusp of scientific study, 1568-1657
Date
14 Jun 2018, 17:30 to 14 Jun 2018, 19:30
Type
Seminar
Venue
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description

Matt Phillpott , School of Advanced Study

Beginning in the sixteenth-century, beekeeping manuals were published in English by a variety of authors each offering a method for extracting honey from bee hives. This paper examines these early ‘how-to’ manuals, paying specific interest to how honey is conceptualised as a product for human consumption and use. From Thomas Hill’s 1568 treatise, A Profitable instruction of the perfect ordering of Bees, through to Samuel Purchas 1657, A Theatre of political Flying Insects debates abounded regarding the medical and health benefits, the potential as a sweetener, and concerning the nature of honey as a substance.

Matthew Phillpott (School of Advanced Study, University of London), researches early modern book history, specifically looking at the use of written knowledges in histories and ‘how-to’ manuals of the era. He is currently investigating the development of knowledge about beekeeping in England through ‘how-to’ manuals of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries.

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