The mighty English Oak deserves special recognition as it saved the life of a Monarch. I believe it was King Charles who disengaged himself from his horse when passing under an oak tree while being pursued by an armed highwayman. His horse continued its travel and the unsuspecting highwayman continued the hunt, while the King hid in the tree until the danger had passed. We cannot forget the fact that the oak tree was instrumental in the building of the powerful British naval fleet that made its Empire possible. Kings tended to spend more money than they had on hand so in order to acquire enough oak to build their naval fleets, they leased the trees from landowners and returned the used wood after the ships were decommissioned from service. These returned timbers were often resold by the landowners as an important building material through the Tudor era, as oak stands well against all kinds of weather through the ages without fault. A manor home I visited in Newton Abbot, Devon, still sports a ship spar in the ceiling of one of its bedrooms. The farmhouse was built in the 16th century, next to an ancient moat that once surrounded a castle that no longer exists; its stones were carried away to build homes in the nearby fields. What would England have become without the mighty oak that starts from the acorn?
HORSE BRASS: SPECIAL INTEREST/MYTH/SUPERSTITION COLLECTION: Acorn and Leaf
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