The Ancient Yew

A History of Taxus baccata

Author: Robert Bevan-Jones


ISBN: 1911188143

Category: Science

Page: 216

View: 1431

The gnarled, immutable yew tree is one of the most evocative sights in the British and Irish language, an evergreen impression of immortality, the tree that provides a living botanical link between our own landscapes and those of the distant past. This book tells the extraordinary story of the yew’s role in the landscape through the millennia, and makes a convincing case for the origins of many of the oldest trees, as markers of the holy places founded by Celtic saints in the early medieval ‘Dark Ages’. With wonderful photographic portraits of ancient yews and a gazetteer (with locations) of the oldest yew trees in Britain, the book brings together for the first time all the evidence about the dating, history, archaeology and cultural connections of the yew. Robert Bevan-Jones discusses its history, biology, the origins of its name, the yew berry and its toxicity, its distribution across Britain, means of dating examples, and their association with folklore, with churchyards, abbeys, springs, pre-Reformation wells and as landscape markers. This third edition has an updated introduction with new photographs and corrections to the main text.


A History and How to Guide: Or How to Live to 150 Years and Beyond

Author: Martin K. Ettington

Publisher: Martin Ettington

ISBN: 1440464936

Category: Religion

Page: 166

View: 9098

There are no limits to the length of your life if you adopt certain spiritual practices, exercises, and supplements. Immortality is one of those subjects which has been speculated about from the beginning of history. This is a new book out on Immortality from a unique perspective. Read the secrets which will show anyone how to live a very long life. By practicing spiritual growth and certain types of exercises you can live to 150 years of more. While reading, meditating, and studying spiritual development over many years the Author found many related subjects of interest besides enlightenment. Using his knowledge from many years interest in this area he has written a book on how to become immortal which integrates information from many sources. The idea is to provide a perspective about the search for immortality, then a philosophy to achieve it. Finally, a set of practices and exercises which will help the reader significantly lengthen their lives.


Auf Soziologisch-ökologischer Grundlage

Author: Hannes Mayer

Publisher: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag


Category: Science

Page: 522

View: 4176

Dem gro en Bedarf der Studenten und Praktiker nach einem praxisnahen und umfassenden waldbaulichen Lehr- und Fachbuch tr gt dieses bew hrte Werk auch in der vierten, neubearbeiteten Auflage Rechnung. Die von vielen Spezialisten erarbeiteten Grundlagen werden umfassend f r die waldbauliche Entscheidungsfindung ausgewertet. Studenten erhalten mit diesem Werk eine Einf hrung in das waldbauliche Denken und in die fachspezifische Beurteilungsmethodik und erlangen so eine gr ere Sicherheit bei der begr ndeten Ableitung waldbaulicher Schlu folgerungen. Durch die Aufnahme instruktiver Beispiele eignet sich die Darstellung auch gut f r die waldbauliche Fortbildung. Der Praktiker kann durch diese Dokumentation des aktuellen Wissensstandes seine eigene waldbauliche Arbeit berpr fen und Ansatzpunkte zur Verbesserung finden.Bei der Neuauflage wurde insbesondere das Kapitel "Waldgef hrdung durch Immissionen" v llig neu konzipiert.

The Sacred Yew

Author: Anand Chetan,Diana Brueton,Allen Meredith

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780140194760

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

View: 7544

Myth blends with science in this inspiring story of one man's crusade to preserve the ancient and revered, yet recently threatened, yew tree.

The Archaeology of Churches

Author: Warwick Rodwell

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445620006

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 3035

The definitive work on church archaeology.

The Immortal Yew

Author: Tony Hall

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

ISBN: 9781842466582

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 2952

As some of the oldest living organisms to be found in Europe, yew trees have become inextricably bound up in some of the oldest enduring institutions of European culture. In The Immortal Yew, Tony Hall explores the biological, cultural, and mythic significance of these imposing evergreens. Supporting a range of animals and plants, yew trees foster new life by contributing to biodiversity in their surroundings. But their common occurrence in churchyards and their evergreen leaves have given them a separate folk status as symbols of life--in the British isles, they have come to represent the resurrection and eternal life central to the Christian faith. Their enduring significance to British culture extends beyond the church, however--even the founding political document of British government, the Magna Carta, is believed to have been sealed beneath a yew tree. Despite the enduring presence and significance of the yew tree across a millennium of British history, this seemingly immortal stalwart faces new threats in the twenty-first century as elderly trees near the end of their lives and global climate change threatens the next generation. Perhaps by spending time in the generous shade of one of the yew trees Hall documents in this beautifully illustrated book, a new generation might begin to learn the importance of protecting its legacy and invest in its future.

Sacred Land

Decoding Britain's extraordinary past through its towns, villages and countryside

Author: Martin Palmer

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748130497

Category: Reference

Page: 288

View: 394

SACRED LAND will enable you to discover the hidden secrets and meaning of the landscape around you, town or country, modern or old, wherever you live in Britain. There has been a dramatic growth in interest in our own history, buildings, landscape, sacred places, beliefs and culture over the last few years and this book will equip you with the tools to unlock the meaning, stories and history that are literally embedded in our landscape. It takes us from street names to churches; from hill forts to burial mounds; from the way a road bends to the shapes of fields in order to understand better the land that lies beneath our feet. In the literal shape of our countryside can be detected the eddies of time, politics, belief, warfare, passion and the durability of the human existence. SACRED LAND is a fascinating, accessible read and the perfect reference guide to have in your home or in your car. It will be of interest to everyone who loves history, sacred places and sacred history, and those who like to explore their ancestry and roots.

The story of Alderley

Living with the Edge

Author: Prag John

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526131889

Category: Social Science

Page: 984

View: 2979

Alderley Edge is a sandstone ridge rising 180 metres above the Cheshire plain, a dozen miles south of Manchester. The Edge itself, now owned by the National Trust, has become a honeypot for Mancunians, and the village below, formed by the railway as a commuter dormitory for Manchester cotton-kings, is now nicknamed the champagne capital of England. Beneath lie copper and lead mines and, according to legend, a sleeping king and his knights ready to save England in the last battle of the world. In 1953 the schoolboy Alan Garner rediscovered an old wooden shovel found in the mines; nearly forty years later - and by now a world-famous author - he presented the shovel to the Manchester Museum in the University of Manchester, thereby inspiring a research project that called on every discipline in the museum's armoury and many more besides. The Alderley Edge Landscape Project, a joint venture by the Museum and the National Trust, set out to study every aspect of Alderley's story. Its first report, in 2005, was The Archaeology of Alderley Edge. This second volume covers everything else, from the natural world to the story of the mines, from social and oral history to conservation. The list of chapter-headings reads like an encyclopedia, for thanks to its position in the university the project could call on specialists of the highest calibre, and many of the approaches and techniques used were ground-breaking at the time. Alderley's story includes the discovery of two new species of bramble, and a retelling of the legend by Alan Garner that takes the story back into prehistory - and his shovel was radiocarbon-dated to the Bronze Age.No other project and so no other book has covered the entire, complex story of a single village and the landscape in which it is set in such detail. It will be read not just by landscape historians but by students and scholars in all those disciplines and at all levels, and by anyone interested in any aspect of history and of the countryside, whether out on the Edge or in the comfort of an armchair.

The yew tree

a thousand whispers : biography of a species

Author: Hal Hartzell

Publisher: Hulogosi Communications, Incorporated


Category: Nature

Page: 319

View: 8038


Author: Fred Hageneder

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780232071

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 8335

The yew is the oldest and most common tree in the world, but it is a plant of puzzling contradictions: it is a conifer with juicy scarlet berries, but no cones; deer can feast on its poisonous foliage, but it is lethal to farm animals; and it thrives where other plants cannot because of its extraordinarily low rate of photosynthesis. Exploring this paradoxical plant in Yew, Fred Hageneder surveys its position in religious and cultural history, its role in the creation of the British Empire, and its place in modern medicine. Hageneder explains the way the yew is able to renew itself from the inside by producing interior roots and how early humans, fascinated with its regenerative powers, began to associate the tree with concepts of life and death, the afterlife, and eternity. As such, it can be found at the sacred sites of Native Americans, Buddhists, and Shinto shrines in Japan, and it has become a living symbol of the resurrection for the Christian faith. He describes how churchyards saved many yews during the Middle Ages, when the trees were used for the mass production of the longbow, which laid the foundation for the British Empire. Finally, he discusses the latest scientific discoveries about the yew, including its use in cancer treatments. A comprehensive and richly illustrated history, Yew will appeal to botanists and other readers interested in the history and symbolism of the natural world.

Biotechnologie für Einsteiger

Author: Reinhard Renneberg,Viola Berkling

Publisher: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag

ISBN: 9783827430472

Category: Science

Page: 436

View: 2775

Die Zeit der Biotechnologie ist gekommen: Sie greift zunehmend in unser tägliches Leben ein – und dennoch fehlt nicht nur Laien, sondern oft auch Studierenden und Wissenschaftlern ein fundiertes Wissen. Abhilfe und eine Fülle von Informationen bietet das einführende Lehrbuch von Reinhard Renneberg: eine verständlich geschriebene und visuell opulent aufbereitete Gesamtschau der Biotechnologie. Sie eignet sich zum schnellen Nachschlagen und zum Schmökern ebenso wie für ein intensives Studium. Bereits die erste Ausgabe des Buches wurde begeistert aufgenommen und liegt nach knapp sieben Jahren nun – komplett überarbeitet und um zahlreiche spannende Boxen Seiten erweitert – in der vierten Auflage vor. Wie Renneberg zeigt, kann ein wissenschaftliches Lehrbuch durchaus spannend und unterhaltsam sein. Verschiedene didaktische Elemente ergänzen den Grundtext der 4. Auflage: - Das erste Biotech-Lehrbuch der Welt mit vollständigen und kommentierten Internet-Quellen zu Filmen, Fotos, Dokumenten und Originalarbeiten - Noch mehr Boxen zu speziellen Themen und zur Geschichte vertiefen das Wissen - Meinungen von Experten veranschaulichen Standpunkte aus Forschung und Industrie - Doppelseiten mit Fotos zeigen wichtige Biotechnologie-Produkte und -Prozesse sowie daran beteiligte Wissenschaftler; Panoramatafeln fassen das Wissen zusammen - Mit dem Glossar lassen sich auch schwierige Fachbegriffe schnell nachschlagen und verstehen Wissenschaft kann Spaß machen – das vermittelt dieses Buch schon beim Durchblättern!

The Eternal Yew

Author: Trevor Baxter

Publisher: N.A


Category: Yew

Page: 192

View: 2009

Indepth account of the yew tree in Britain, with history, religious associations, garden usage, timber quality etc.

Die Poison Diaries

Author: Maryrose Wood

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104024227

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 7061

»Vor erotischer Spannung knisternd ...« THE TIMES Um 1800: Jessamine lebt mit ihrem Vater in einer verlassenen Kapelle im Norden Englands. Sie führen ein stilles, von Jahreszeiten geprägtes Leben. Jessamines Vater ist Botaniker, seine Leidenschaft sind Heil- und Giftpflanzen. In einem verborgenen Giftgarten züchtet er mächtige tödliche Gewächse, sorgsam darauf bedacht, seine Tochter von der Gefahr fernzuhalten. Als eines Tages Weed auftaucht, ein rätselhafter Fremder mit absinthgrünen Augen, verfällt Jessamine ihm sofort. Doch kaum haben die beiden zueinander gefunden, wird das Mädchen sterbenskrank. Was ist Weeds dunkles Geheimnis? Ist er ihre Rettung oder bringt er den Tod? Ein Roman, so geheimnisvoll wie die unergründliche Welt der Pflanzen. Denn ob Belladonna heilt oder tötet, darüber entscheidet am Ende die Liebe ...

Das Geheimnis der Goldmine

Ein Fall für Miss Marple

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455170595

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1064

Mr Rex Fortescue, ein ruchloser Geschäftsmann, wird beim Nachmittagstee vergiftet - in seinen Jackentaschen findet die ratlose Polizei eine Handvoll Roggenkörner. Zu den Verdächtigen zählt neben den Familienmitgliedern auch das Personal. Als wenig später auch sein Hausmädchen stirbt, bekommt Inspector Neele Unterstützung von Miss Marple. Hat Mr Fortescues Goldmine in Südafrika etwas mit den Morden zu tun? Ein Kinderreim liefert Miss Marple schließlich den entscheidenden Hinweis.

Journal of Botany

British and Foreign

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Botany

Page: N.A

View: 6621

The Story of Taxol

Nature and Politics in the Pursuit of an Anti-Cancer Drug

Author: Jordan Goodman,Vivien Walsh

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521561235

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 282

View: 4208

Taxol is arguably the most celebrated, talked-about and controversial natural product in recent years. It is celebrated because of its efficacy as an anti-cancer drug and because its discovery has provided powerful support for policies concerned with biodiversity; talked about because in the late 1980s and early 1990s the American public was bombarded with news reports and special programmes about the molecule and its host, the Pacific yew; and controversial because during the early 1990s the drug and the tree became embroiled in a number of very sensitive political issues with wide implications for the conduct of public policy. The Story of Taxol tells this story.