Willes, Margaret A Shakespearean Botanical

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`An engaging addition to Shakespeare studies ... this book is a treasure, compact, readable and beautifully presented.' * Irish Examiner *

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Margaret Willes is a former publisher and author of several books including, 'Pick of the Bunch: The Story of Twelve Treasured Flowers', Bodleian Library Publishing (2009) and 'The Making of the English Gardener: Plants, Books and Inspiration 1560-1660', Yale University Press (2011).

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