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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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The Cultural and Social Context of Hunting

The Cultural and Social Context of Hunting

(p.4) I The Cultural and Social Context of Hunting
Hunters and Poachers


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This chapter examines the social and cultural context of hunting in late-medieval England. An analysis of the deer-hunting reveals much about the aristocracy and gentry of Tudor and early Stuart England. The chapter explains that in the absence of war, the rituals of hunting symbolically helped to define these social classes as a military elite, and that hunting also served as a kind of preparation for war. It argues that unlawful deer hunting represented an attack upon the royal or aristocratic hunting preserve as a symbol of power, prerogative, and privilege.

Keywords:   hunting, late-medieval England, aristocracy, gentry, Tudor England, Stuart England, war, social classes, military elite, deer hunting

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