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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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English Royal Falconry, William I to Henry II

English Royal Falconry, William I to Henry II

(p.50) 4 English Royal Falconry, William I to Henry II
The Kings and Their Hawks

Robin S. Oggins

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the English royal falconry from the period of William I to Henry II. Domesday and its satellites name six of King William's hawkers as landholders. William's hawkers and falconers and their successors over the next hundred plus years were what came to be called serjeanty tenants. Eyries of hawks are among the assets listed in Domesday. Eyries are noted in Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire, and in the lands between the Ribble and the Mersey. Domesday suggests that the king had commuted broad hunting obligations when he could realize a substantial profit while continuing to receive some payments in hawks. Henry's fondness for falconry was also manifested in substantial amounts spent on the sport, and in the size and extent of his falconry establishment.

Keywords:   falconry, William I, Henry II, hawkers

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