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The yew is one of the most fascinating and versatile life forms on Earth, botanically rich and intriguing and culturally almost without comparison. In history, mythology, religion, folklore, medicine and in warfare, the yew bears timeless witness to a deep relationship with mankind. The Tree of Life, its association with churchyards in Britain and Europe has given it a particular claim on the popular imagination as a living link between our landscapes and those of the distant past. Fred Hageneder presents in depth the botany as well as the cultural history and remarkable mythology of the genus Taxus. This comprehensive and beautiful study - far more than a coffee table picture book - is the ideal chance to explore the true majesty and mystery of these magnificent trees.