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Hunters and PoachersA Social and Cultural History of Unlawful Hunting in England 1485-1640$
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Roger B. Manning

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203247.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Persistence of the Deer-Hunting Culture

Conclusion: The Persistence of the Deer-Hunting Culture

(p.232) 9 Conclusion: The Persistence of the Deer-Hunting Culture
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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the persistence of the deer-hunting culture in medieval England. It explains that the deer-hunting culture was already well established in the thirteenth century, and was considered a high-status pastime because it derived from royal favour and feudal privilege and exemplified the martial values of a warrior aristocracy. The chapter also suggests that a disproportionate number of those who were involved in poaching the king's deer in defiance of the forest law were of gentry status or higher.

Keywords:   deer-hunting culture, medieval England, high-status pastime, royal favour, feudal privilege, martial values, warrior aristocracy, poaching, gentry

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