Hawthorn: The Tree That Has Nourished, Healed, and Inspired Through the Ages

Hawthorn The Tree That Has Nourished Healed and Inspired Through the Ages An engaging introduction to the ancient hawthorn tree and its varied roles in human history One of humankind s oldest companions the hawthorn tree is bound up in the memories of every recorded age an

  • Title: Hawthorn: The Tree That Has Nourished, Healed, and Inspired Through the Ages
  • Author: Bill Vaughn
  • ISBN: 9780300219876
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • An engaging introduction to the ancient hawthorn tree and its varied roles in human history One of humankind s oldest companions, the hawthorn tree is bound up in the memories of every recorded age and the plot lines of cultures across the Northern Hemisphere In Hawthorn, Bill Vaughn examines the little recognized political, cultural, and natural history of this ancient sAn engaging introduction to the ancient hawthorn tree and its varied roles in human history One of humankind s oldest companions, the hawthorn tree is bound up in the memories of every recorded age and the plot lines of cultures across the Northern Hemisphere In Hawthorn, Bill Vaughn examines the little recognized political, cultural, and natural history of this ancient spiky plant Used for thousands of years in the impenetrable living fences that defined the landscapes of Europe, the hawthorn eventually helped feed the class antagonism that led to widespread social upheaval In the American Midwest, hawthorn inspired hedges on the prairies made nineteenth century farming economically rewarding for the first time Later, in Normandy, mazelike hedgerows bristling with these thorns nearly cost the Allies World War II Vaughn shines light on the full scope of the tree s influence over human events He also explores medicinal value of the hawthorn, the use of its fruit in the world s first wine, and the symbolic role its spikes and flowers played in pagan beliefs and Christian iconography As entertaining as it is illuminating, this book is the first full appreciation of the hawthorn s abundant connections with humanity.

    One thought on “Hawthorn: The Tree That Has Nourished, Healed, and Inspired Through the Ages”

    1. This is a book that has offered me completely new perspectives on not just the hawthorn but on its role in human history. More to the point, human history through the lens of the hawthorn is itself an extraordinary journey. Bill Vaughn is a master storyteller and gifted historian. His research ranges from the global uses of hawthorn for heart health to how the Celtic tribes used hawthorn in their sword making processes and finally to how it played out in American history. He pulls it all togethe [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *