Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Medieval Word Wednesday - Prey

So, I have discovered that medieval noblemen and noblewomen enjoy an exciting hunt, whether running the prey down as a group or shooting it down after it has been conveniently cornered in an enclosure. But what did they hunt, and how did they hunt each animal?

Barthélémy d'Eyck (fl. 1444-1469) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Apparently on of the better questions would have been, what didn't they hunt? I found a nice list of the game they enjoyed tracking down and was surprised on some of the animals on it, like otter and lynx. Apparently they did not eat otter, but hunted it regardless.

Game and recommended method of hunting according to The Boke of St Albans, a text from 1486 
The Stag  - Bow and Stable (see last week's entry for explanation)
The Deer, Hart or Roebuck - Bow and Stable
Boar - At Force
Foxes - Bow and Stable (not for eating)
Rabbits - Usually hunted by sending dogs down their holes
Otters - Also hunted using dogs, but not for eating
Game birds (geese, ducks, pheasant, partridge, grouse etc.) - Bow and Stable

Another source lists some additional animals including ibex, bear, wolf, badger and wild cat.

I wonder if they ate the wild cat.

1 comment:

Shanna Hatfield said...

I'm with you... wonder if they ate all the prey they hunted.
Fun post!