The Study of Medieval Hunting

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The pursuit and culture of hunting was and is a universal yet complex endeavour that consists of human–nature relationships, social and political behaviours, violence and conflict. The shifts of the medieval period transformed hunting from a means of survival into a ritualised form of martial training, sport and recreation, chivalric spectacle, sociability, and social discourse. Therefore, it is not surprising that an abundance of evidence relevant to the practices and culture of hunting was produced in the medieval period. Key studies on medieval hunting have been instrumental in demonstrating the significance of hunting as a cultural practice that helped shape and define the medieval period. Yet, despite this valuable scholarly foundation, the study of medieval hunting remains under-explored. It is, therefore, crucial to engage in both interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of hunting practices across the geographic spectrum to understand the distinct cultures and customs of medieval hunting, and how it differed across kingdoms, societies, communities, and individuals. Additionally, since hunting involved physical, biological, material, and practical elements, the study of medieval hunting requires the use of interdisciplinary approaches and analysis, as well as the consideration of evidence beyond the textual sources. Otherwise, our understanding of hunting will be limited. The study of medieval hunting has increasingly shed light on the significance of hunting practices within medieval societies through a strong historiographical foundation, but it has also highlighted research gaps to be new avenues of research.
OtsikkoRoutledge Medieval Studies Encyclopaedia Online
ToimittajatHannele Klemettilä, Samu Niskanen, James Willoughby
ISBN (elektroninen)9780415791182
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2023
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA3 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa


NimiRoutledge Medieval Studies Encyclopaedia Online
KustantajaTaylor & Francis


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