Of Cabbages and Kings The History of Allotments : Book Giveaway

Caroline Foley has published a number of books providing information and planting guides for the allotment gardener.   ‘Of Cabbages and Kings – the History of Allotments’  is her latest book, due to be published by Frances Lincoln on 4 September 2014.

This is a fascinating history book charting medieval Britain, Serfs and the roots of common land and growing our own food from 1066 to 1349 through to modern day allotments and the problems we have now with space and priorities of Local Government of allotments over the needs for housing and business.

Cabbages and Kings

This well researched book takes us through the Great Famine (1315-1317), The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, the Agricultural Revolution and the Swing Riots of 1830.  We are told about The Second Allotment Movement of the mid-nineteenth century and the chapter entitled ‘Digging for Victory 1939-1945 is of particular interest in this year of remembrance of World War One.

It is well laid out with clear subheadings and side headings in the margins for historical events, making it an easy book  for reference.   This book is made all the more interesting with historical cartoons, pictures and photographs as well as interesting facts.   Did you know in 1999 “The Land is Ours” activists laid a plaque on St Georges Hill in Surrey to commemorate the True Levellers who started to grow vegetables on that spot 350 years ago?

When you read ‘Of Cabbages and Kings – The History of Allotments‘ it strikes you how very important it is to fight to keep hold of the allotments we have.

Caroline Foley finishes her book by saying:

“… if a strip on the common had not been a matter of life and death for the medieval serf we would not be enjoying them [allotments] today…Remembering the struggle it took over centuries to win them makes them even more precious.”

To win a copy of this book please leave a comment together with your email address and I will pick a name out of the hat on Wednesday 10 September.  I am afraid this book give away is open to UK readers only.

To order Of Cabbages and Kings at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP: £20.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG209.  
*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.


11 thoughts on “Of Cabbages and Kings The History of Allotments : Book Giveaway

  1. And the winner is….Tracey Peach! Well done. Thank you everyone for entering the competition. There is a new book review/give away competition in its way so please keep an aye out for it. Meanwhile enjoy the blog.


  2. Wonderful giveaway missnatalielara @ hotmail.co.uk x


  3. Sounds interesting, please count me in x


  4. Good luck everyone! Thank you for entering the competition. The winner will be announced on Thursday after the competition closes at close of play on Wednesday.


  5. Annabelle Harrison-Kerr September 9, 2014 — 11:54 am

    I would love an allotment and enough money to retire so I could devote all my time to it!!! This book sounds very interesting indeed, love gardening, love history!


  6. I would like to win this book for my dad who takes pride in his garden


  7. I’d love to win a copy of this book!


  8. I would love to win this book for myself & my Mum, we would both enjoy it xxx


  9. This is the book I have been wanting to read! Can’t wait.


  10. My friend and I are coming towards the end of our first year as allotmenteers so I’ve got my fingers crossed!


  11. As an allotmenteer – my other half and I have two allotment plots – we very much appreciate anything that can be done to preserve the allotments for people like us who don’t have gardens, or gardens large enough to provide the fresh, organic produce we would like to grow and enjoy. Good luck 🙂


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