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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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Falconry in Anglo-Saxon England

Falconry in Anglo-Saxon England

(p.36) 3 Falconry in Anglo-Saxon England
The Kings and Their Hawks

Robin S. Oggins

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on falconry in Anglo-Saxon England. The history of falconry in England begins as the history of a royal sport. The growth of royal interest in falconry led to requirements that localities provide the kings with hunting birds, and since men were needed to train and exercise the birds, this necessitated the development of a system by which falconers or hawkers could be fed and put up while in the field, resulting in the provision of lands and privileges for the kings' falconers and hawkers. The last Anglo-Saxon king, Harold Godwinson, has traditionally been considered to have been a falconer because he is portrayed in the Bayeux Tapestry carrying a hawk.

Keywords:   falconry in England, royal sport, hunting birds, hawkers

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