Animals and Hunters in the Late Middle Ages : Evidence from the BnF MS fr. 616 of the Livre de chasse by Gaston Fébus book cover
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Animals and Hunters in the Late Middle Ages
Evidence from the BnF MS fr. 616 of the Livre de chasse by Gaston Fébus




ISBN 9781138842335
Published March 11, 2015 by Routledge
250 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations

 
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This book explores views of the natural world in the late Middle Ages, especially as expressed in Livre de chasse (Book of the Hunt), the most influential hunting book of the era. It shows that killing and maiming, suffering and the death of animals were not insignificant topics to late medieval men, but constituted a complex set of issues, and could provoke very contradictory thoughts and feelings that varied according social and cultural milieus and particular cases and circumstances.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction  1. Introduction  Part II: The Game  2. Fébusian Bestiary  3. Noble and Ignoble Endings  4. Post-Mortem Products  Part III: The Hound  5. Types of Hunting Dogs  6. Daily Care and Training of Hunting Dogs  7. Canine Ailments, Old Age, and Death  Part IV: The Hunter  8. The Career of a Huntsman  9. A Path to Paradise – Goals and Benefits of Hunting  10. The Good Hunter  Part V: Conclusion  11. Conclusion 

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Biography

Hannele Klemettilä received her Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of Leiden. She is the author of Epitomes of Evil: Representations of Executioners in Northern France and the Low Countries in the Late Middle Ages, and several other books on cultural history of late medieval Europe.