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?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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