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Hunters and Poachers : A Social and Cultural History of Unlawful Hunting in England 1485-1640 - Roger B. Manning

Hunters and Poachers

A Social and Cultural History of Unlawful Hunting in England 1485-1640

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Published: 19th August 1993
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This study of hunting and poaching, both of which played significant roles in England during the 16th and 17th centuries, explores symbolic and covert forms of protest, and adds to the knowledge of the interaction between aristocratic and popular culture in early-modern England. Deer-hunting was an integral part of aristocratic and gentry culture. It afforded not only recreation, but also served as a symbolic substitute for war and rebellion. It provided the occasion for adolescent rites of passage, displays of power and feats of daring, the pursuit of aristocratic feuds and competition for forest and game offices. The distinction between lawful and unlawful hunting remained unclear, for the game laws were obscure and difficult to enforce, and tumultuous hunting was frequently a reaction to changes in land use and conflicting use-rights. Roger B. Manning has also written "Village Revolts: Social Protest and Popular Disturbances in England 1509-1640".

Manning's study, chronologically set as it is in the Tudor and early Stuart periods, provides a useful contrast to work completed on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century poaching ... we should be grateful for having an imaginative and well-documented work which advances our knowledge of both topics. * J.A. Sharpe, University of York, EHR, June 1996 * a solidly researched work that details the essentials of participating in an organized hunt, as well as methods of poaching ... the book is worthwhile for social and cultural historians of England * William Rednour, City College of New York, Renaissance Quarterly * a worthy additon to the literature that shows how deeply deer hunting was embedded in Tudor-Stuart life, especially among the nobility and gentry...The strength of the book lies in the presentation of extensive detailed examples. * American Historical Review * 'This is a fascinating and highly readable book on an important subject.' Jean Birrell, The Agricultural History Review

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Abbreviations
Note on the Text
Introductionp. 1
The Cultural and Social Context of Huntingp. 4
Poaching as a Symbolic Substitute for Warp. 35
The Game Lawsp. 57
The Purlieu Men and the Ancient Constitutionp. 83
Hunting and Land Use in Sylvan Societiesp. 109
The Structure of Poachingp. 135
Poachers and Keepersp. 171
Hunting, Poaching, and Social Privilegep. 196
Conclusion: The Persistence of the Deer-Hunting Culturep. 232
Glossaryp. 237
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780198203247
ISBN-10: 0198203241
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 19th August 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.6