The Poacher and the Squire: A History of Poaching and Game Preservation in England :: Charles Chenevix Trench soon to be presented for sale on the inspired BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1967, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Includes: Black & white plates;
From the cover: The first game preserver was the Neolithic magnate who, finding game scarce in his territory, reserved the hunting there for himself and his family. The first poacher was the neighbour who encroached on this preserve. The conflict between the two parties, regulated by law, has continued to the present day.
William the Conqueror loved the stags as dearly as though he had been their father. He and his successors preserved game for their own hunting with a ferocious efficiency which provoked more than one rebellion. King John was compelled to concede at Runnymede that in future no one should lose life or limb for poaching; and in the next reign the Forest Charter of 1217 regularised game preservation and abolished the barbarous penalties of the past.
Nevertheless, throughout the Middle Ages the lawful pursuit of beasts of the forest was still the prerogative of the King. This was an injustice which no …
Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A touch faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a little edge wear.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 248 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.
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