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The Master of Game


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Foreword, by Theodore Roosevelt

Ch. I. The prologue
Ch. II. Of the hare and of her nature
Ch. III. Of the hart and his nature
Ch. IV. Of the buck and of his nature
Ch. V. Or the roe and of his nature
Ch. VI. Of the wild boar and of his nature
Ch. VII. Of the wolf and of his nature
Ch. VIII. Of the fox and of his nature
Ch. IX. Of the grey (badger) and of his nature
Ch. X. Of the (wild) cat and its nature
Ch. XI. The otter and his nature
Ch. XII. Of the manner and habits and conditions of hounds
Ch. XIII. Of sicknesses of hounds and of their corruptions
Ch. XIV. Of running hounds and of their nature
Ch. XV. Of greyhounds and of their nature
Ch. XVI. Of alauntes and of their nature
Ch. XVII. Of spaniels and of their nature
Ch. XVIII. Of the mastiff and of his nature
Ch. XIX. What manner and condition a good hunter should have
Ch. XX. How the kennel for the hounds and the couples for the raches and the ropes for the lymer should be made
Ch. XXI. How the hounds should be led out to scombre
Ch. XXII. How a hunter's horn should be driven
Ch. XXIII. How a man should lead his groom in quest for to know a hart by his trace
Ch. XXIV. How a man should know a great hart by the fumes
Ch. XXV. How a man should know a great hart by the place where he hath frayed his head
Ch. XXVI. How the ordinance should be made for the hart hunting by strength and how the hart should be harboured
Ch. XXVII. How a hunter should go in quest by the sight
Ch. XXVIII. How an hunter should go in quest between the plains and the wood
Ch. XXIX. How a hunter should go in quest in the coppice and the young wood
Ch. XXX. How an hunter should go in quest in great coverts and strengths
Ch. XXXI. How a hunter should quest in clear spires and high wood
Ch. XXXII. How a good hunter shall go in quest to hear the harts bellow
Ch. XXXIII. How the assembly that men call gathering should be made both winter and summer after the guise of beyond the sea
Ch. XXXIV. How the hart should be moved with the lymer and run to and slain with strength
Ch. XXXV. How an hunter should seek and find the hare with running hounds and slay her with strength
Ch. XXXVI. Of the ordinance and the manner of hunting when the king will hunt in forests or in parks for the hart with bows and greyhounds and stable

About the Author

Edward of Norwich, Second Duke of York (1373?-1415) was cousin of King Richard II and became a supporter of the House of Lancaster in 1399. He was killed at the Battle of Agincourt. William A. Baillie-Grohman (1851-1921) was an outdoor writer, adventurer, and explorer who spent much of his life developing business interests in British Columbia, Canada. Florence Nickalls Baillie-Grohman was often his collaborator. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), the twenty-sixth President of the United States, was an avid outdoorsman, he wrote extensively about the wilderness and big-game hunting.


"Of exceptional interest for the light shed on the ethos, style, and tastes of the secular aristocracy of the later Middle Ages... A real boon to the historian... For those of us who still admire and cherish the huntsman's now threatened world, The Master of Game has a particular appeal."--London Review of Books

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