The Kings and Their Hawks: Falconry in Medieval England

The Kings and Their Hawks: Falconry in Medieval England

by Robin S. Oggins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300100582

ISBN-13: 9780300100587

Pub. Date: 09/27/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

In medieval Europe, falconry was perhaps the most popular form of hunting among the aristocracy. Owning a falcon, and the necessary falconer to go with it, was a status symbol throughout the middle ages. This book is the first broad history of English royal falconry in medieval times, a book that draws on forty years of research to provide a full description of the

Overview

In medieval Europe, falconry was perhaps the most popular form of hunting among the aristocracy. Owning a falcon, and the necessary falconer to go with it, was a status symbol throughout the middle ages. This book is the first broad history of English royal falconry in medieval times, a book that draws on forty years of research to provide a full description of the actual practice and conditions of the sport and of the role of falconers in the English royal household.

Robin S. Oggins begins with a description of the birds of prey, their training, and the sport of falconry. He provides a short history of early falconry in western Europe and England, then explores in unprecedented detail royal falconry from the reign of William I to the death of Edward I in 1307. The author concludes with an overview of the place and importance of falconry in medieval life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300100587
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
819,730
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................ix
Acknowledgments....................xi
Introduction....................xv
1 The Sources....................1
2 The Birds, Their Training, and the Sport of Falconry....................10
3 Falconry in Anglo-Saxon England....................36
4 English Royal Falconry, William I to Henry II....................50
5 English Royal Falconry, Richard I to Henry III....................64
6 Falconry in the Reign of Edward I....................82
7 Falconry in Medieval Life....................109
Appendix: Royal Falconry Expenditures, 1234-1307....................139
List of Abbreviations....................145
Notes....................149
Bibliography....................199
Index....................239

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