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UPDATED 08/01/2020

Medieval Hunting as Training for War
Insights for the Modern Swordsman

By Richard Swinney & Scott Crawford

Abstract: Since antiquity, hunting (the pursuit of large game with dogs, swords, spears and bows) has been advocated as the best means of training men for war. The cognitive, psychological and physical demands of hunting in this fashion develop a fundamentally different skill set from that of standard modern Western Martial Arts training. Still legal in the United States, hunting wild boar employing medieval weapons and methods provides insights into swordsmanship readily available nowhere else

Fur as Artifice (Fur Primer)
HE Master Charles de Bourbon, OL

Wild to domestic and back again: the dynamics of fallow deer management in medieval England (c. 11th-16th century AD)
Published in STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research, Vol. 2:1 (2016)
Hosted by Taylor and Francis Online

Abstract: This paper presents the results of the first comprehensive scientific study of the fallow deer, a non-native species whose medieval-period introduction to Britain transformed the cultural landscape. It brings together data from traditional zooarchaeological analyses with those derived from new ageing techniques as well as the results of a programme of radiocarbon dating, multi-element isotope studies and genetic analyses. These new data are here integrated with historical and landscape evidence to examine changing patterns of fallow deer translocation and management in medieval England between the 11th and 16th century AD.

Work and Adolescence in the Middle Ages
by Melissa Snell, ThoughtCo.

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