a medieval minute: a bird in hand

Some noble women had their own hunting hawks.

Some noble women had their own hunting hawks.


Falconry or hawking was a popular medieval pastime for royalty and nobles. Falconers trained birds of prey to hunt small game and birds. Falcons were costly, and nobles often wore them on their wrists as a sign of their wealth, just as one might wear a Rolex today.

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http://www.matrix2000.co.uk/falconry.htm

There are many falconry enthusiasts today and several organizations like the one below:

http://www.iaf.org/FalconryToday.php

Falconry plays a part in The Viscountess and the Templars.
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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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