19 JUNE 2003
HARDBACK £20.00 RRP
ISBN: 0 7509 2162 5
latest book on all aspects of hunting in medieval European society
50 stunning illustrations
a historical perspective on current debates about hunting and countryside
was a major economic and leisure occupation throughout the European
Middle Ages, and while it has featured in studies of medieval literature,
there is no study of the methods, techniques and social history
of hunting itself.
Almond's book brings vividly to life hunting as an economic necessity
and as an expression of medieval humanity's sense of oneness with
nature. It will dispel some of the myths and misunderstandings about
hunting, including the view that it was chiefly an aristocratic
pursuit, and a male one at that! Richard Almond shows that hunting
(in which he includes fishing, hawking and poaching) was enjoyed
by all classes and by women as well as men.
a variety of sources - hunting treatises, assize books, manorial
and ecclesiastical records, books of hours and literary collections
- and pictures which include two ladies jousting, peasants rabbiting
with ferrets, and camouflage techniques, the author offers a detailed
and captivating picture of a pre-urban world from which the modern
age has much to learn in terms of land use and conservation.
Almond is course leader in history at Darlington College of Technology
where he is in charge of the BA History programme in History and
English. He has written numerous articles on medieval hunting for
Deer: The Journal of the British Deer Society, Medieval History
and Medium Aeuvm. He has participated in most field sports and his
knowledge of techniques and vocabulary proved invaluable during
his research for this book. He lives in Richmond, North Yorkshire.