An illustrated Guide
Helen Stewart & Andrew Stewart
Falconry was a major part of historical culture and lifestyle across
the world and throughout history. The origins of falconry are set in the
Far and Middle East, as early nations developed and the flying and
training of birds of prey began to be seen as an art form, as well as a
method of hunting.
east met west, during the expansion of the Roman Empire, we see the
first archaeological evidence for Western European individuals
practicing this most ancient art. Thus our first known evidence of
falconry in Britain arrives with the Romans, and perhaps this most
important and integral part of our cultural heritage became instituted
in British history. From Late Antiquity, through to the Elizabethan age,
falconry grew in popularity, only declining in interest in the late
1600s due to the evolution of firearms.
book seeks to explore the world of historical falconry, from the
individuals who flew the birds and the birds themselves, to the
historical techniques, skills, and equipment used by the falconers, and
the way in which falconry was entirely interwoven with all the different
aspects of historical culture and lifestyle."