The Lore of the Honey-Bee

Tickner Edwardes (1865 - 1944)

The sun shines — you know it has always shone, changeless as Time itself. With such a faith — unfounded and therefore incontestable — I came under the glow of one brave June morning, threading field after field of blossoming clover until I stood at the gate of the bee-garden over against the hill.

I raised the latch of the gate. Its sharp click drew to its full lean height a figure at the end of the garden, which was bending down in the midst of a wilderness of hives. The man came towards me coatless, his rolled-up shirt-sleeves baring wiry brown arms to the hot June sun.

The bee-master had keen grey eyes, set deep in a sun-blackened, honest face, and the ever-ready tongue of him was that of the beeman all the world over. He was ripe and willing to talk of his work, explaining what he was, and what he had done, as we slowly wandered through his domain.
(From The Lore of the Honey-Bee)
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The Lore of the Honey-Bee is an enlightening study written by a master beekeeper, the Reverend Tickner Edwardes, that covers the story of the honey bee from the earliest times through to the first decade of the twentieth century.

Starting with the mythology of the honey bee, the author leads us along historic paths to a more modern understanding of this fascinating and undervalued creature and gives an insightful and sympathetic perspective of beekeeping, based on the wisdom gained through the many years of mastering his craft. (Summary by Steve C)

Genre(s): Nature

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction - The Oldest Craft Under The Sun Steve C
Play 01 The Ancients and the Honey-Bee Steve C
Play 02 The Isle Of Honey Steve C
Play 03 Bee-Masters In The Middle Ages Steve C
Play 04 At The City Gates Steve C
Play 05 The Commonwealth Of The Hive Steve C
Play 06 Early Work In The Bee-City Steve C
Play 07 The Genesis Of The Queen Steve C
Play 08 The Bride-Widow Steve C
Play 09 The Sovereign Worker-Bee Steve C
Play 10 A Romance Of Anatomy Steve C
Play 11 The Mystery Of The Swarm Steve C
Play 12 The Comb-Builders Steve C
Play 13 'Where The Bee Sucks' Steve C
Play 14 The Drone And His Story Steve C
Play 15 After The Feast Steve C
Play 16 The Modern Bee-Farm Steve C
Play 17 Bee-Keeping And The Simple Life Steve C