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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 the Reign of Edward I

Falconry in the Reign of Edward I

(p.82) 6 Falconry in the Reign of Edward I
The Kings and Their Hawks

Robin S. Oggins

Yale University Press

This chapter elaborates on the different aspects of falconry in the reign of Edward I. The reign of Edward I was one of the greatest periods in medieval English royal falconry, as can be seen from the large amounts of money spent on the sport. Edward's penchant for falconry was noted by his contemporaries. The amounts spent on royal falconry and hunting demonstrates a steady increase in royal sporting activity. Destruction of eyries in the royal forest was another punishable offence. Edward's passion for falconry was demonstrated in many small ways as well. Messengers who brought him the first heads of cranes taken by his falcons were rewarded, generally by gifts of half a mark. Edward received at various times a gyrfalcon and two lanners from the queen, and a falcon and two lanners from Prince Edward.

Keywords:   falconry, royal sporting activity, falcons

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