A History of Trees, Paperback / softback Book

A History of Trees Paperback / softback

Description

Have you ever wondered how trees got their names? What did our ancestors think about trees, and how were they used in the past?

This fascinating book will answer many of your questions, but also reveal interesting stories that are not widely known.

For example, the nut from which tree was predicted to pay off the UK's national debt? Or why is Europe's most popular pear called the 'conference'?

Simon Wills tells the history of twenty-eight common trees in an engaging and entertaining way, and every chapter is illustrated with his photographs. Find out why the London plane tree is so frequently planted in our cities, and how our forebears were in awe of the magical properties of hawthorn.

Where is Britain's largest conker tree? Which tree was believed to protect you against both lightning and witchcraft?The use of bay tree leaves as a sign of victory by athletes in ancient Greece led to them being subsequently adopted by many others - from Roman emperors to the Royal Marines.

But why were willow trees associated with Alexander Pope, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Samuel Johnson?

Why did Queen Anne pay a large sum for a cutting from a walnut tree in Somerset?

Discover the answers to these and many other intriguing tales within the pages of this highly engrossing book.

Information

  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 208 pages, 120 colour illustartions
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Trees, wildflowers & plants
  • ISBN: 9781526701596

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