Flowers & Chocolate

Valentine's Day first became associated with romantic love when Geoffrey Chaucer wrote his poem The Parlement of Foules. It's about birds getting together to choose their mates. Today the tradition of flowers, chocolates and Valentine's cards are given as an expression of love to one another. Get the facts about flowers and chocolates and read Chaucer's poem from these digital titles.

The Reason for Flowers by Stephen Buchmann

Cultural history at its best—the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the world’s flowers, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs. Flowers, and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humanity. They have done so since before recorded history. Flowers are used to celebrate all-important occasions, to express love, and are also the basis of global industries. Americans buy ten million flowers a day and perfumes are a worldwide industry worth $30 billion dollars annually. Yet, we know little about flowers, their origins, bizarre sex lives, or how humans relate and depend upon them.

101 Amazing Facts about Chocolate by Jack Goldstein

Did you know that the Latin name for the tree from which we get the seed that we turn into chocolate translates as 'Food of the Gods'? Or that eating chocolate can in fact help prevent tooth decay? Separated into sections such as chocolate through history, chocolate around the world, the production process and more, this interesting read contains over one hundred facts. Whether you are a complete chocoholic or you just want to learn more about a hugely fascinating subject then this is the book for you.

Rose - Queen of Flowers

Throughout the world, roses speak an unmistakeable language. They have touched and seduced mankind for thousands of years, while their names and varieties reflect contemporary history. One of the most famous varieties - the Gloria Dei or Peace Rose - has elevated the rose to a symbol of world-peace. Being the most successful garden rose of all time this documentary retraces a large portion of the history of rose cultivation in Europe by its means. All of these manmade varieties also have wild rose ancestors - life giving, thorny monsters, which charm us once a year with their luxuriant flowers and perfect beauties. The film presents the biological features of roses and explains why they are capable of producing such an abundance of varieties. How are humans and animals affected by the composition of the scent of roses? Why do some white garden roses develop red spots when it rains? And why do red spiders fall in love with the bikini rose? Besides these interesting facts the environmental significance of roses are also explored, both at home in our gardens and for animals in the wild.

The Dream Visions of Geoffrey Chaucer by Geoffrey Chaucer

Compiled here are some of Chaucer's shorter poems. These poems are all written using the Dream Vision. To name a few of these peoms: The Book of Duchesse, The Parliament of Fowls, The Legend of Good Women, The House of Fame, and other short poems.

 

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