This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about social and cultural aspects of the history of unlawful hunting in England during the period from 1485 to 1640. This book focuses on the early modern sense of unlawful taking of deer. It explores the conflicting uses of land, the awakening of political consciousness, and the form violence that often accompany the confrontations between poachers and gamekeepers. The chapter discusses the role of the Court of Star Chamber in the development of the modern law of public order.
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