Blood Sport: Hunting in Britain Since 1066

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Yale University Press, 2007 - History - 283 pages
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Nearly a decade of fiercely divisive debate over foxhunting in Britain culminated with passage of the Hunting with Dogs Act of 2004. But the battle over the future of hunting is not yet resolved, and polarizing right-or-wrong debates continue undiminished. This lively book recounts the long and colorful history of hunting in Britain and offers a fresh perspective on today’s conflicts.

 

Since William the Conqueror declared wild animals royal property and thereby provoked a burning hatred among his subjects, hunting of all kinds has been a source of social conflict in Britain. The sport is deeply entwined with questions of land and power, class divisions, and social mores. Blood Sport explores these large themes, brings them alive with surprising details and vignettes, and considers how hunting traditions have affected British national identity. Bringing the discussion fully up to date, the book concludes with a thought-provoking critique of current hunting controversies.

  

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Contents

A New Sport is Born
11
A Royal Affair
25
The Forest Charter
36
Hunting Goes Tame
49
The Tudors
67
Elizabeth and the Puritans
77
Two Sporting Monarchs
88
Civil Wars and the Decline of the Deer
97
Game Laws in the Nineteenth Century
152
Hunting Attacked
163
A New Jerusalem?
183
A Last Reprieve
201
The End of the Road
219
Conclusion
235
Notes
240
Bibliography
264

A New Era Dawns
110
Hunting the Fox fascinating and soul stirring sport
124
A busy and anxious disposition to legislate
141

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About the author (2007)

Emma Griffin is lecturer in history, University of East Anglia. She lives in Nottingham, UK.

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