Hunters and Poachers
A Cultural and Social History of Unlawful Hunting in England, 1485-1640
ISBN10: 0198203241 ISBN13: 9780198203247 Publisher: Clarendon Pr Published: Oct 21 1993 Pages: 255 Weight: 1.35lbs. Height: 9.75" Width: 6.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Hunting and poaching played significant roles in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Deer-hunting was an integral part of the culture of the aristocracy and gentry. It afforded not only recreation, but also served as a symbolic substitute for war and rebellion. During this period, the distinction between lawful and unlawful hunting remained unclear, for the Game Laws were obscure and difficult to enforce. Roger B. Manning's meticulously researched study explores symbolic and covert forms of protest, and adds much to our knowledge of the interaction between aristocratic and popular culture in early modern England.