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The Ancient Yew

The Ancient Yew

A History of Taxus baccata

  • Author: Robert Bevan-Jones
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN: 1911188143
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 216
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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.

Yew

Yew

  • Author: Fred Hageneder
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • ISBN: 1780232071
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 224
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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.

Immortality

Immortality

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: 7202
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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 Sacred Yew

The Sacred Yew

  • Author: Anand Chetan,Diana Brueton,Allen Meredith
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • ISBN: 9780140194760
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 304
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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

The Archaeology of Churches

  • Author: Warwick Rodwell
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
  • ISBN: 1445620006
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 384
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The definitive work on church archaeology.

The Story of Taxol

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: 8266
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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.

Ancient Trees

Ancient Trees

Trees that live for a thousand years

  • Author: Anna Lewington
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books
  • ISBN: 1849940800
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 300
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Among all the varied productions with which Nature has adorned the surfaces of the earth, none awakens our sympathies, or interests our imagination so powerfully as those venerable trees, which seem to have stood the lapse of ages John Muir, 1868 A fascinating celebration of the some of the oldest living organisms on the planet, from the grand Oaks of Europe and mighty Redwoods of California to Africas upside-down Baobab tree, and from the Ginkgos of China and Korea to the Olive tree, the worldwide symbol of peace. Ancient Trees covers those species of tree that have lived for more than a thousand years: the Redwood, Bristlecone pine, Montezuma Cypress, the Monkey Puzzle, Amazonian Ancients, Yew, Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Lime, Olive, Welwitschia, the Baobab, Kauri, Totara, Antarctic Beech, the Fig, Cedar, and Ginkgo. Anna Lewington, the well-known writer on all things botanical, and leading wildlife photographer Edward Parker provide an illuminating and visually striking history of each tree species, including where the long-living species can still be found, the trees botanical details, and its mythical associations.

The story of Alderley

The story of Alderley

Living with the Edge

  • Author: Prag John
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 1526131889
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 984
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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.

Poisonous Plants

Poisonous Plants

A Cultural and Social History

  • Author: Robert Bevan-Jones
  • Publisher: Windgather Press
  • ISBN: 1909686220
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 216
  • View: 8093
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The botanical history of Britain and North West Europe has a dark and a light side. Plants have been used as weapons to harm people, taken deliberately as addictive drugs and also employed as tools in witchcraft and used as magical amulets. Yet many of these same plants have been medicinally vital to numerous European communities; as the author notes, frequently the only difference between a benevolent medicine and a poison is dosage. In this book, which is richly illustrated with modern colour photographs and illustrations from herbals, Robert Bevan-Jones brings together a wealth of documentary and archaeo-botanical sources to discuss the cultural, social (and anti-social) role of the fifty most significant species of poisonous plants and fungi found in Britain, either as natives or as introductions. An introductory essay puts into context the development of British society's knowledge of toxic plants: the 'cultural botany' applied in Britain today has evolved over thousands of years, absorbing information from European texts and importing useful plants from Europe, such as the mandrake. The book's central A to Z section - from aconite to yew - then informs the reader about the history and uses of 43 species of poisonous plants, especially those that have a 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. This is an essential book not only for botanists and historical ecologists, but also for anyone interested in the toxic plant traditions of Britain and Europe.

A Natural History of Conifers

A Natural History of Conifers

  • Author: Aljos Farjon
  • Publisher: Timber Press
  • ISBN: 0881928690
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
  • View: 3382
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A compelling account of the extraordinary relatives of ordinary garden conifers. Leading expert Aljos Farjon provides a compelling narrative that observes conifers from the standpoint of the curious naturalist. It starts with the basic question of what conifers are and continues to explore their evolution, taxonomy, ecology, distribution, human uses, and issues of conservation. As the story unfolds many popular misconceptions are dispelled, such as the false notion that all conifers have cones. The extraordinary diversity of conifers begins to dawn as Farjon describes the diminutive creeping shrub Microcachrys tetragona, whose strange seed cones resemble raspberries, and the prehistoric-looking Araucaria meulleri. The taxonomic diversity of conifers is huge and Farjon goes on to relate how, over the course of 300 million years, these trees and shrubs have adapted to survive geological upheavals, climatic extremes, and formidable competition from flowering plants. All who seek to learn more about the early history of life on our planet will cherish this book.

Irish Gardening

Irish Gardening

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Chamber's Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Arts

Chamber's Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Arts

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Chambers's Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Arts

Chambers's Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Arts

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  • Publisher: N.A
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The yew tree

The yew tree

a thousand whispers : biography of a species

  • Author: Hal Hartzell
  • Publisher: Hulogosi Communications, Incorporated
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 319
  • View: 6468
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Yew

Yew

  • Author: Fred Hageneder
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • ISBN: 1780232071
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 224
  • View: 6394
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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.

Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees

Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780789211958
  • Category: Astronomical photography
  • Page: 114
  • View: 3073
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Chambers's Journal

Chambers's Journal

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Periodicals
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The Species Problem

The Species Problem

Biological Species, Ontology, and the Metaphysics of Biology

  • Author: David N. Stamos
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 9780739107782
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 380
  • View: 4195
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Stamos squarely confronts the problem of determining what a biological species is, whether species are real, and the nature of their reality. He critically considers the evolution of the major contemporary views of species and also offers his own solution to the species problem.

Journal of Botany

Journal of Botany

British and Foreign

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  • Category: Botany
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Journal of Botany, British and Foreign

Journal of Botany, British and Foreign

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Botany
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  • View: 1862
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