This important study brings to light considerable new information about medieval hunting as well as about royal households up to the early fourteenth century. Oggins begins with a description of the birds of prey, their training, and the sport of falconry. He provides a short history of early falconry in western Europe and England, then explores in unprecedented detail royal falconry from the reign of William I to the death of Edward I in 1307.
The author concludes with an overview of the place and importance of falconry in medieval life. 15 black & white and 12 color plates.