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Michael J Brown has an MA in Garden History and is an experienced gardener. He has been interested in history and gardening for as long as he can remember.

He spent his childhood building camps, cooking (well actually, burning food) over open fires, making bows and arrows and using cricket stumps for swords - he still finds cricket very boring.

Michael became a qualified gardener and worked his way up to become a Head Gardener and later a college lecturer teaching horticulture and garden history. He created the medieval gardens at the Prebendal Manor at Nassington, Northamptonshire. This book is the result of some of his research of medieval gardens and the uses of the plants at that period. He has also assisted with several other early garden projects.

Pen and Sword also published his book about poisonous plants, Death in the Garden, in 2018.

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