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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, Poaching, and Social Privilege

Hunting, Poaching, and Social Privilege

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This chapter examines hunting and poaching in medieval England in the context of social privilege. It explains that almost all monarchs during this period were immersed in the deer-hunting culture and its symbolic language of violence, and suggests that the hunting culture perpetuated military values and violent behaviour in times of peace and worked against royal attempts to pacify the English people. The chapter mentions contemporary critic Sir John Harington's observation that hunting all too frequently encouraged drunkenness and coarse behaviour rather than promoting martial values and military preparedness.

Keywords:   hunting, poaching, social privilege, medieval England, monarchs, deer-hunting culture, military values, violent behaviour, John Harington, martial values

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