“The other genre that served to palliate the scarcity of books in the early Middle Ages was the florilegium, which, rather than summarizing, selected the best passages or “flowers” from authoritative sources. The term “florilegium” (from flores for flowers and legere in the sense of “select”) …likely first originated as personal notes on items worthy of memory taken on the occasion of access to a text and then shared with others.”
– Ann Blair, Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before The Modern Age, pp 34-35
Accordingly, the soul - like a bee - wings her way through the field of the Scriptures by assiduous meditation. There, from the sayings and examples of the saints, she gathers spiritual flowers and from these produces in her heart a wondrous delight and a great sweetness, one of heavenly delicacy. Thus it experiences that the Spirit of the Lord is sweeter than honey.
– St. Aelred of Rielvaux
‘BEES’, Graham Sutherland (1977)