The Lore of the Honey-Bee


Read by Steve C

(4.8 stars; 7 reviews)

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) (9 hr 51 min)

Chapters

Introduction - The Oldest Craft Under The Sun 28:06 Read by Steve C
The Ancients and the Honey-Bee 34:06 Read by Steve C
The Isle Of Honey 18:59 Read by Steve C
Bee-Masters In The Middle Ages 43:46 Read by Steve C
At The City Gates 35:23 Read by Steve C
The Commonwealth Of The Hive 35:14 Read by Steve C
Early Work In The Bee-City 18:56 Read by Steve C
The Genesis Of The Queen 47:19 Read by Steve C
The Bride-Widow 19:15 Read by Steve C
The Sovereign Worker-Bee 39:25 Read by Steve C
A Romance Of Anatomy 57:16 Read by Steve C
The Mystery Of The Swarm 42:28 Read by Steve C
The Comb-Builders 50:40 Read by Steve C
'Where The Bee Sucks' 29:32 Read by Steve C
The Drone And His Story 30:45 Read by Steve C
After The Feast 17:45 Read by Steve C
The Modern Bee-Farm 20:08 Read by Steve C
Bee-Keeping And The Simple Life 22:07 Read by Steve C