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.
There are many falconry enthusiasts today and several organizations like the one below:
Falconry plays a part in The Viscountess and the Templars.
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