History Matters Crossing Oceans Cloves, grown in Indonesia, crossed the globe in the Middle Ages, showing how interconnected the medieval world was. Alex West | Published in History Today Volume 72 Issue 2 February 2022 A clove tree, from Jacob van Maerlant’s Der naturen bloeme (The Flower of Nature), Flemish, early 14th century. British Library/Add MS 11390, f.79v. To continue reading this article you will need to purchase access to the online archive. Buy Online Access Buy Print & Archive Subscription If you have already purchased access, or are a print & archive subscriber, please ensure you are logged in. Please email email@example.com if you have any problems.