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?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




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