Deer

In THE FOREST there were traditionally two main kinds of deer - the large red deer, present since the Ice Age - and the charming fallow deer probably imported under Norman influence. Though the king's deer were sometimes hunted for sport with bow and arrow, the real business of the Forest was a regular cull of the deer, when they were driven into a huge trap to be caught in nets, killed, then salted and sent to feed the king's court. In 'The Hunt', using a technique sometimes employed by James Michener, Edward Rutherfurd tells the story of the elaborate courtship and the hunting of a deer from the animal's point of view.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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