Garden Art in European Culture faculty member, Toby Musgrave released his new book: The Multifarious Mr. Banks: From Botany Bay to Kew on English Enlightenment figure Sir Joseph Banks.
Sir Joseph Banks joined the HMS Endeavour on a three-year voyage in 1768 lead by Captain James Cook. Banks was just twenty-five years old when he became the first European to make an extensive study of the natural history and anthropology of Tahiti, New Zealand, and Australia. Banks became a personal friend of King George III and convinced the monarch to establish the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. Under Bank’s watch, the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew became the world’s leading botanic garden, a title which it still holds today.
Travel Writing faculty member, Tommy Heisz co-authored Dødens Årsag or ‘The Cause of Death,’ a book that explores old murder cases and other deaths to cast light on Danish history between the 17th century and the 20th century. Surprisingly enough, causes of death can say a lot about how the average person lived their life in the past and what obstacles they faced. Heisz wrote the work alongside now-retired State Pathologist, Markil Gregersen, from Aarhus University.