Win a copy of ‘A History of Trees’

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.

Simon Wills is a history journalist and genealogist who writes regularly for magazines such as Family Tree. He advises and has appeared in the TV programme Who Do You Think You Are? and contributes to the magazine of the same name.
www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

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