The Ancient Yew

A History of Taxus baccata

Author: Robert Bevan-Jones


ISBN: 1911188143

Category: Science

Page: 216

View: 2963

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: 3400

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.

The Archaeology of Churches

Author: Warwick Rodwell

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445620006

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 9912

The definitive work on church archaeology.

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: 1565

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: 7209

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 Sacred Yew

Author: Anand Chetan,Diana Brueton,Allen Meredith

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780140194760

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

View: 7543

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 yew tree

a thousand whispers : biography of a species

Author: Hal Hartzell

Publisher: Hulogosi Communications, Incorporated


Category: Nature

Page: 319

View: 8529

Journal of Botany

British and Foreign

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Botany

Page: N.A

View: 1986

The Immortal Yew

Author: Tony Hall

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

ISBN: 9781842466582

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 8831

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.


Author: Fred Hageneder

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780232071

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 5947

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.

The New Sylva

A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century

Author: Gabriel Hemery,Sarah Simblet

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408835444

Category: Nature

Page: 400

View: 1438

A visually sumptuous and breathtakingly detailed book about British trees and woodland.

Poisonous Plants

A Cultural and Social History

Author: Robert Bevan-Jones

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905119219

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 1512

documented history of medicinal usage. Four important fungi species - death cap, liberty cap, fly agaric and ergot - also have separate essays. As well as the plants' histories and appearance, their chemical constituents receive coverage. These give them powerful and diverse properties, which demand our admiration and respect." "The book aims to add to the knowledge offered by field identification guides and help reduce the risk associated with accidental ingestion. Case histories are given in as much detail as possible and the information will hopefully help the reader understand the properties of plants they may encounter, either in an archaeological, botanical or horticultural context. Most of these plants can yet be found growing in woodlands, parks, botanical gardens, roadsides, waterways, churchyards and abbey sites." --Book Jacket.


Auf Soziologisch-ökologischer Grundlage

Author: Hannes Mayer

Publisher: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag


Category: Science

Page: 522

View: 7126

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.

Drug Discovery from Nature

Author: S. Grabley,R. Thiericke

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540648444

Category: Medical

Page: 347

View: 9084

This book is unique in covering the present status and future potential of natural products in drug discovery. It provides readers with recent information regarding the impact on drug discovery, development and strategies, technical and automation aspects, and methods based on biochemistry as well as molecular biology, highlighting compounds from natural sources. Special emphasis is placed on the various strategies to gain access to natural compounds and combinatorial approaches by making use of both synthetic and biological methods.


Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

View: 8633

Forest Giants of the World, Past and Present

Author: A. C. Carder

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside


Category: Nature

Page: 208

View: 7489

Ever since the forest primeval, men and women have walked among the trees and admired their beauty and wondered at their size. How big are these magnificent things, anyway? We moderns are wont to measure, categorize and document, and so a book like this is born which is world-wide in scope and not only embraces space but also time. As the author, Al Carder, shows us in his study of forest giants the past is as important as the present. Many, many of our great trees have fallen and disappeared, some through fire and storm but more through the ravages of our own kind. Dr. Carder has not only traveled the world in search of the living giants, he has consulted the histories and records to identify those great trees that have been and gone, and his book is therefore an authoritative record of the world's super trees, past and present. Height is only one quality of greatness. Some trees are awesome in their ultimate form; their bole, their spread of canopy, their age. All these features are ardently noted by the author who describes more than 140 species. Forest Giants of the World will appeal to those who wonder about the location and the measurement of the Great Trees as well as to the specialist who requires more technical details about them.

The Eternal Yew

Author: Trevor Baxter

Publisher: N.A


Category: Yew

Page: 192

View: 7513

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

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: 3017

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.