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Le thé, qui désenivre…et fortifie la raison…

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This formula, used by Antoine Furetière in his Universal Dictionary of 1690, reminds us that tea was first assimilated in Europe to a healthy remedy with a thousand virtues. And to specify that the golden beverage "gives new strength to drink". It is an eminently literary drink that has stimulated the imagination of many authors. Thus, we can read in the Journal des Goncourt that "it would be interesting for an intelligent writer to write several books of imagination: one on a coffee diet, another on a tea diet, another on a wine and alcohol diet, and to study the influences of these stimulants on his literature and to share them with the public... If I ever write my obscene study, I will write it on tea.
But tea, which is "rooted" in an ancestral tradition, has many other facets: Chinese legends equate it with the chance discovery of a fabulous ox-headed emperor; the British East India Company financed it for a time through the opium trade; the Japanese made it the object of a refined ceremony; the North American independence fighters, a casus belli... And if you don't know chanoyu or bandège or calin - without circumflex accent - consult the index of this book
The history of tea goes through words... Without forgetting the numerous illustrations.

Language: French
Number of pages: 141 pages
Publisher: Honoré Champion
Publication date: 15/10/2015
Weight: 0.116 Kg
Dimensions: 10.6 cm × 17.5 cm × 0.9 cm

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