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?
Chaucer's cheerful prologue to his Canterbury Tales about April’s sweet showers was echoed grimly at the start of T.S. Eliot’s Wasteland : “April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land . . .”




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