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?
This month four hundred years ago, the famed Mayflower began its journey across the Atlantic. After abandoning its sister ship, the Speedwell, which was not seaworthy, the Mayflower finally set sail in September. The people on the Mayflower all belonged to an obscure sect called the Brownists. The founder, Brown himself, had already abandoned the sect and returned to the king’s Church of England. The Pilgrim fathers were woefully badly prepared for their journey, lacking proper farm implements and livestock. The miracle is that they survived at all!




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