A Shepherd's Life: impressions of the South Wiltshire downs (Aziloth Books)

A Shepherd's Life: impressions of the South Wiltshire downs (Aziloth Books)

by William Henry Hudson

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Overview

Born in Argentina in 1841, William Henry Hudson grew up in that boisterous, lawless land of wild animals and even wilder desperados. He wrote about both, from recondite papers in 'Proc'eedings of the Zoological Society of London' to best selling novels including Green Mansions' and 'The Purple Land'. Argentina claimed him for her own and, even today, there are streets and towns named in honour of Guillermo Enrique Hudson. But he was strangely discontented with his native land, and by 1870 Hudson had moved to England, settling in Wiltshire where he enjoyed a peripatetic existence, wandering the lanes and by-ways of that fair county, studying its wildlife and gleaning a wealth of antique lore and traditions from its inhabitants. 'A Shepherd's Life' is the fascinating distillation of this labour of love. Hudson's beautiful, evocative prose brings this forgotten time once more to life, leading the reader through forest and downland, meeting farmer, shepherd and gypsy, each living close to the earth, and each with their own store of wisdom to impart. The pages of 'A Shepherd's Life' are crammed with tales of family feuds, deer poaching and battles with game keepers, and peppered throughout with startling stories of animal behavior: from a sheep dog that suckled lambs through whistling hedgehogs to fox cubs that played happily with young rabbits. A book for all who love tales of lives lived in harmony with Nature and the environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909735934
Publisher: Aziloth Books
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER I SALISBURY PLAIN 6

CHAPTER II SALISBURY AS I SEE IT 14

CHAPTER III WINTERBOURNE BISHOP 23

CHAPTER IV A SHEPHERD OF THE DOWNS 29

CHAPTER V EARLY MEMORIES 39

CHAPTER VI SHEPHERD ISAAC BAWCOMBE 43

CHAPTER VII THE DEER-STEALERS 48

CHAPTER VIII SHEPHERDS AND POACHING 53

CHAPTER IX THE SHEPHERD ON FOXES 59

CHAPTER X BIRD LIFE ON THE DOWNS 65

CHAPTER XI STARLINGS AND SHEEP-BELLS 71

CHAPTER XII THE SHEPHERD AND THE BIBLE 76

CHAPTER XIII VALE OF THE WYLYE 80

CHAPTER XIV A SHEEP-DOG’S LIFE 87

CHAPTER XV THE ELLERBYS OF DOVETON 94

CHAPTER XVI OLD WILTSHIRE DAYS 99

CHAPTER XVII OLD WILTSHIRE DAYS - CONTINUED 106

CHAPTER XVIII THE SHEPHERD’S RETURN 118

CHAPTER XIX THE DARK PEOPLE OF THE VILLAGE 123

CHAPTER XX SOME SHEEP-DOGS 133

CHAPTER XXI THE SHEPHERD AS NATURALIST 142

CHAPTER XXII THE MASTER OF THE VILLAGE 147

CHAPTER XXIII ISAAC’S CHILDREN 154

CHAPTER XXIV LIVING IN THE PAST 162

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

OLD MAP OF WILTSHIRE 5

SALISBURY 1900 6

THE FIVE RIVERS OF SALISBURY 11

WILTSHIRE HORN SHEEP 15

HENRY PAYNE, WILTSHIRE SHEPHERD, WITH SHEEP HURDLES 34

SHEPHERD AND DOG 125

SHEPHERDS, DOGS AND MOBILE HUT 144

HURDLEMAKING 166

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