Ancient Trees by Richard Muir
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Ancient Trees
By Richard Muir

Ancient Trees

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Ancient Trees by Richard Muir

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Over the last 25 years, archaeologists and historians have been increasingly aware of the importance of woodland in the developing British landscape - in particular, how trees have been a vital component of the living cultural landscape. "Ancient Trees, Living Landscapes" begins by questioning the myth that in prehistoric times Britain was swathed in a virtually impenetrable wildwood. In fact, from the earliest times woodland has been manipulated and transformed. The author then looks at Britain's great 'landmark trees', before examining the function of ancient trees and hedgerows in the landscape. The Middle Ages saw the multiplication of deer parks, with the special management needed to feed and shelter deer and to give cover to stalkers. These, with their lawns, groves and pollard-studded pastures, greatly influenced the great landscape parks of the eighteenth century, developed by Repton and Lancelot Brown. There are, too, important chapters on the life and work of the Men of the Forest, and on Woodlands of the Mind - the all-important symbolism of trees as well as their utilitarian function in Britain's landscape. Throughout the book Richard Muir, who describes himself as 'a Dalesman by birth, a Scot by inclination', gives equal weight to the evidence from the north of Britain, whereas earlier writers have concentrated on the south. In an age when institutional interests are increasingly pervasive, he stresses the importance of the work of the individual researcher and amateur enthusiast.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752439266
ISBN-10: 075243926X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 165mm x 10mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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How to Read a Village by Richard Muir How to Read a Village, Hardback (November 2007)

What constitutes a village? What is the significance of the maypole? What was the true purpose of a village green? How come whole villages have disappeared over the centuries? This book reveals the answers and includes chapters that cover: ancient villages; the village green; the village church; cottages and farmsteads; fishing villages; and more.

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Author Biography - Richard Muir

Richard Muir has been involved in landscape writing for a quarter of a century. As a result of his work, Dr Muir has recently been awarded life membership of the Yorkshire Dales Society for his 'outstanding contribution to the understanding of the Dales landscape'. He lives on the fringes of his native Nidderdale.

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