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The Kings and Their HawksFalconry in Medieval England$
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Robin S. Oggins

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100587

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100587.001.0001

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The Sources

The Sources

(p.1) 1 The Sources
The Kings and Their Hawks

Robin S. Oggins

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the sources for the history of medieval English falconry. Primary sources for the history of medieval English falconry fall into two main categories: literature devoted to falconry; and governmental records. Falconry literature provides information on the birds used and their training, while governmental records supply material on actual practice. A wide range of additional sources supplement English records and the literature of falconry, and supply fuller information on the role the sport played in medieval life. Such auxiliary material includes literary works, works of art, and ecclesiastical records and sources too varied to be reviewed in a systematic way. The twelfth-century treatises on falconry include the works of Dancus Rex, Guillelmus Falconarius, and Gerardus Falconarius, all of whom may have been associated with the Norman court in Sicily.

Keywords:   falconry, works of art, Dancus Rex

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