This chapter looks at the importance of hunting to medieval kings and aristocrats and assesses its significance as a motivation for park creation. It argues that although there is limited evidence about lordly hunting practices, the aristocratic love of the chase was crucial to park-making and park maintenance throughout the middle ages. This interpretation runs counter to many recent studies which downplay the role of hunting as an elite pastime. The chapter also diverges from the often-repeated ideas that later medieval parks differed greatly in function from earlier parks and that these reserves declined hugely in numbers in the later middle ages.
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