The Rose: An Illustrated History
The rose. No other flower has come close to capturing the western imagination in quite the same way. Tulip fever may have flared fiercely and suddenly in seventeenth-century Europe. The Madonna lily may match the white rose for its symbolic purity. But no other flower fascinates like this mysterious flower. In its very ambiguities lies the blood of Christ with the sweat of Muhammad, the sacred and the profane, life and death, the white rose of chasitity and the red rose of consummation.
Jennifer Potter is the author of three novels and three works of non-fiction, Secret Gardens, Lost Gardens and, most recently, Strange Blooms, which was described by Jenny Uglow in the Sunday Times as 'a tour de force' and by Jane Stevenson in the Daily Telegraph as 'a wonderful book'. She reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at King's College London.