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Animal Encounters: Human and Animal Interaction in Britain from the Norman Conquest to World War I Hardcover – 15 Jun 2012


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"This is an enthralling book. Surely, no one before has given such a wide-ranging account of people's encounters with animals through the centuries, revealing all the ingenious ways in which they have handled, tended, exploited, even cruelly sported with them. All the practicalities are described, bringing a rich, and sometimes surprising, story to life, further enhanced by numerous pertinent illustrations. Final remarks on the distance separating us these days from once routine connections with badgers and beavers, wild pigs in forests, pigeons in dovecotes and eels in moats will prompt some sobering reflections. Animal Encounters is riveting from beginning to end."--Joan Thirsk "former general editor of the series The Agrarian History of England and Wales "


"This is an enthralling book. Surely, no one before has given such a wide-ranging account of people's encounters with animals through the centuries, revealing all the ingenious ways in which they have handled, tended, exploited, even cruelly sported with them. All the practicalities are described, bringing a rich, and sometimes surprising, story to life, further enhanced by numerous pertinent illustrations. Final remarks on the distance separating us these days from once routine connections with badgers and beavers, wild pigs in forests, pigeons in dovecotes and eels in moats will prompt some sobering reflections. Animal Encounters is riveting from beginning to end."--Joan Thirsk "former general editor of the series The Agrarian History of England and Wales "

"Critics reviewing the wonderful new book "Animal Encounters: Human And Animal Interaction In Britain From The Norman Conquest To World War One," by Arthur MacGregor, have gasped over the ancient sport of whipping a blinded bear, but have failed to point out that we are little better today."--Liz Jones "Mail on Sunday "


This is an enthralling book. Surely, no one before has given such a wide-ranging account of people s encounters with animals through the centuries, revealing all the ingenious ways in which they have handled, tended, exploited, even cruelly sported with them. All the practicalities are described, bringing a rich, and sometimes surprising, story to life, further enhanced by numerous pertinent illustrations. Final remarks on the distance separating us these days from once routine connections with badgers and beavers, wild pigs in forests, pigeons in dovecotes and eels in moats will prompt some sobering reflections. Animal Encounters is riveting from beginning to end. --Joan Thirsk "former general editor of the series The Agrarian History of England and Wales ""

Critics reviewing the wonderful new book "Animal Encounters: Human And Animal Interaction In Britain From The Norman Conquest To World War One," by Arthur MacGregor, have gasped over the ancient sport of whipping a blinded bear, but have failed to point out that we are little better today. --Liz Jones "Mail on Sunday ""

About the Author

Arthur MacGregor is a former archaeologist and was Senior Curator at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK. He is also the author of Bone, Antler, Ivory and Horn (1985) and Curiosity and Enlightenment: Collectors and Collections from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century (2007).

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