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The Feminine Monarchie - Charles Butler

The Feminine Monarchie - Charles Butler

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The Feminine Monarchie is an early and remarkable work of English natural
history, first published in 1609, and written by a scholarly country parson of
wide ranging interests. Like the later Gilbert White of Selborne, a distant relation,
Charles Butler had a deep curiosity about the natural world and recorded his
discoveries methodically, in keeping with the growing scientific mood of the
seventeenth century.
Butler was the author of several books on subjects as diverse as music,
grammar, logic, and church law. He was also a noted beekeeper and The
Feminine Monarchie is the classic English beekeeping text, earning Butler the
title ‘father of English bee-keeping’. The book explores the world of the honey
bee with a keen intelligence, and makes implicit reference to Elizabeth I’s long
reign as England’s female monarch.
This is the first new edition of The Feminine Monarchie to be published
for over three hundred years, and contains a new introduction, as well as
annotations and a glossary of the more obscure words used by Butler. The
spelling and grammar have been modernised throughout. This edition has been
prepared from the 1623 edition, which includes Butler’s famous ‘Bees Madrigal’.
John Owen is vicar of two rural parishes in Hampshire, in the South Downs
National Park, thirty miles from Butler’s parish of Wootton St Lawrence in the
same county. He keeps bees, poultry and goats and is rural advisor in the
Diocese of Portsmouth.

  • Publisher: Northern Bee Books (30 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1904846041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904846048
  • Dimensions: 17 x 0.8 x 24.5cm