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The Art of Medieval Hunting: The Hound and the Hawk [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

John Cummins


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April 2003
Hunting was a training for war and a rite of manhood, a powerful and ritualistic pastime, the sport of kings. In vivid and engrossing detail, John Cummins shows us the appropriate methods for hunting all kinds of deer, boar, wolves, foxes, bear, otter, birds hare - even unicorn. Hunting and hawking run throughout medieval art and literature, providing not only narrative motifs for tapestries, romances and sagas but also metaphors for war and combat, for Christianity wrestling with the dark forces of paganism, and for sexual pursuit and conquest. Dr Cummins' book ranges over a dazzling diversity of sources - poems, ballads, letters, court directives, royal accounts, gamekeepers' handbooks, psalters - to recreate and interpret the cosmos of medieval hunting and falconry, the skills and techniques, superstitions and beliefs. Richly illustrated from a variety of sources, "The Hound and the Hawk" shows us a pageant of medieval and Renaissance life lived in its grandest, most flamboyant, most allusive manner.
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Hunting was a training for war and a rite of manhood, a powerful and ritualistic pastime, the sport of kings. In vivid and engrossing detail, John Cummins shows us the appropriate methods for hunting all kinds of deer, boar, wolves, foxes, bear, otter, birds hare - even unicorn. Hunting and hawking run throughout medieval art and literature, providing not only narrative motifs for tapestries, romances and sagas but also metaphors for war and combat, for Christianity wrestling with the dark forces of paganism, and for sexual pursuit and conquest. Dr Cummins' book ranges over a dazzling diversity of sources - poems, ballads, letters, court directives, royal accounts, gamekeepers' handbooks, psalters - to recreate and interpret the cosmos of medieval hunting and falconry, the skills and techniques, superstitions and beliefs. Richly illustrated from a variety of sources, "The Hound and the Hawk" shows us a pageant of medieval and Renaissance life lived in its grandest, most flamboyant, most allusive manner. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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John Cummins was born in Hull, and educated at the University of Manchester. He gained his Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen, and is currently Reader in Spanish there. He lives in Aberdeen. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Solid and helpful 14. Juli 2001
Von Cordelia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is essential for anyone who wants to know about western European medieval hunting. Cummins admirably completes the task of being thorough, with frequent references to and quotations of primary texts. The structure makes the book easy to follow and inclusions of anecdotes and poems makes the reading fun.
This book captures both the practice and the romance of hunting throughout the centuries of the middle ages. It is generous of detail. My one complaint might be that there is little attempt to discuss different practices in different regions of Europe, though the author acknowledges the existence of slight regional variations and does try to delve into them here and there.
It is hard to imagine that any other book on the subject need be written for some time.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Welcome to the world of the Medieval Hunt 11. Mai 2001
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Over all, an excellent introduction to the world of the Medieval Hunt. Some knowledge of medieval history and/or study is helpful, as the author does sometimes seem to assume you know what he is talking about. Full of vivid descriptions, (especially concerning the chapters refering to "Par Force" hunting) One can almost see the Hunt as it unfolds. The chapters concerning the "Par Force" and the "Bow and Stable" Hunts are excellantly done with much intricate detail covering everything from how the hounds were taken care of to how much the Huntsman made. This section alone makes the book worth purchasing. The section on falconry, I found was not quite so in depth as the "Hounds" section, though it was definately useful and interesting.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen John Cummins is a superb historian 18. Mai 2005
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I purchased this book over a year ago and found after the first chapter that it was uninteresting. Finally, I went back to it and am pleased I did.

The following chapters on the beasts and fowl hunted by hound, hawk and other methods are very good reads. At times the olde English which accounts for about one quarter of the book really are difficult as 1400 English is not modern English, but in saying that there is a definite charm to it being included and it is a thankful reality.

John Cummins unlike most modern historians is superb in easily telling a story when he needs to do his vocation and then sits back and allows the original texts to tell the story. Cummins appears in his work to have an existential experience with the world he is speaking, instead as I stated before with most historians these days who write from cramped apartments smelling of book mold.....Mr. Cummins also pleasingly does not include his ego in writing his opinions. In this book, you see the world through the eyes of era 1400 hunters.

I did find one mistake in his writing as to why a hunter of that period would dress as a huge woodcock, in thinking size mattered. In truth, for birds that are preyed upon, like geese, a decoy 6 feet tall actually has more appeal than a regular size decoy, that explanation should have been secured by Mr. Cummins.

The only drawback, beside the first chapter, was he only wrote a few paragraphs about the setters when employed in hawk and other hunting. As one who has a great affection for the Irish Setter, I would have liked a chapter on the intricate training of this breed.

In relating all of that, this book pleased me as it is historical prose. I will look for Mr. Cummins other books on Christopher Columbus and Francis Drake as I am certain after this book, he will not displease me in reciting history through the words of those in which he records.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Informative 5. Februar 2013
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This book is a nice addition to my library, and is a good read for anyone interested in medieval falconry and how it fits into the culture of the time.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hunting history from a hunting scholar 17. Dezember 2011
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John Cummins is that rare creature, a scholar who is also a hunting man (readers of the first edition might have noticed that half the people in his dedication are members of his shooting syndicate, and the other half are their dogs). He is master of his sources in their original languages and can put the hunt with hound or falcon in its immensely entrenched context of social symbolism, but he also feels the essential relationship of respect that the successful hunter must have for his prey and for the animals which are his assistants. He covers the whole range of hunting practice, the mass hunt 'par force de chiens' (dozens of hunters and hounds after one animal, pure entertainment and conspicuous display), the drive hunt 'by bow and stable' (mediaeval version of a serious economic technique going back to the stone age), and even highly specialised affairs like the perilous pursuit of chamois with the javelin in the high Alps. His real respect, though, is for the low-profile, patient, subtle (and potentially highly productive) moving (not driving) of deer by men on foot to concealed archers, as described by the German knight Guicennas. He appreciates the sheer endurance required of men and hounds, as in Alfonso XI's pursuit of a bear for three days and two nights in the snow-covered Gredos. And he understands the frustrations that go with any pursuit of wild prey with animal assistance. In the words of that great hunter Gaston Phoebus, Count of Foix 'Des oiseaulx, des chiens, des armes, d'amours/Pour une joie, cent doulours'. It's really excellent that this book was re-issued, despite the prevailing odour of political incorrectness (to which I personally don't subscribe) attaching to all forms of hunting in the UK.
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