Yew: A History Cover Image
By Fred Hageneder, Robert Hardy (Foreword by), David Bellamy (Foreword by)
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A fascinating look at all aspects of the botany, cultural history, and remarkable mythology of the genus Taxus The yew is one of the most fascinating and versatile life forms on Earth, botanically rich and intriguing, and culturally almost without comparison. This impressive study of the yew reveals that in history, mythology, religion, folklore, medicine, and warfare, the yew bears timeless witness to a deep relationship with mankind. It is the tree that Darwin often rested beneath and under which he wanted to be buried. In 1803 Wordsworth celebrated the great yew in Lorton Vale, "single, in the midst of its own darkness," a tree under which both the great Quaker George Fox and John Wesley preached. In many cultures it is the Tree of Life, and its association with European churchyards has given it a particular claim on the popular imagination as a living link between present landscapes and those of the distant past. This history of the yew makes the case for better conservation of this extraordinary life form and includes a worldwide gazetteer of yew stands and other useful information for those wishing to explore further the study of the yew.

About the Author

Fred Hageneder is the author of The Meaning of Trees, The Spirit of Trees, and The Tree Angel Oracle, and the founder of the Ancient Yew Tree group. Robert Hardy is an actor who appeared in several Harry Potter movies as Cornelius Fudge. David Bellamy is an environmental campaigner, a botanist, and the author of 101 Ways to Save the Earth and How Green Are You?

Praise For…

"The photographs are wonderful and endlessly fascinating, while the text bubbles along effortlessly. As a result, while it makes a wonderful 'dipping' book, many people will devour it from cover-to-cover."  —Tree News

"A work of art and a labor of love."  —Professor Ronald Hutton, author, The Triumph of the Moon 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780752459455
ISBN-10: 0752459457
Publisher: The History Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2011
Pages: 320
Language: English