I enjoy gardening, so, it’s not surprising that bees and beekeeping fascinate me, too. I love the imagery of the old-timey wicker skep sitting in a garden. Because the heroine of my first book, a medieval romance titled Come to Me, is an English noblewoman living in 11th century England, and we know from writings of the time that mead (fermented honey) was a widespread favorite of the Germanic and Scandinavian peoples of post-Roman Europe, I wanted to include beekeeping and mead-making in my story.
Here is a fraction of what I learned about bee husbandry during my research.
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