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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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Hunting and Land Use in Sylvan Societies

Hunting and Land Use in Sylvan Societies

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This chapter focuses on hunting and land use in woodland societies in medieval England. It examines the impact of deer parks, rabbit warrens, fishponds, and dovecotes upon the landscape, and shows why they were conducive to social conflict and unlawful hunting. The chapter explains that during the sixteenth century, the population increased because of the expansion of rural industries, and that this was accompanied by disparkment and disafforestation of game reserves and an increase of game consumption of the aristocracy.

Keywords:   woodland societies, unlawful hunting, land use, medieval England, social conflict, population, rural industries, disparkment, disafforestation, aristocracy

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