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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (17 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812219376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812219371
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Of exceptional interest for the light shed on the ethos, style, and tastes of the secular aristocracy of the later Middle Ages. . . . A real boon to the historian. . . . For those of us who still admire and cherish the huntsman's now threatened world, "The Master of Game" has a particular appeal."--"London Review of Books"

"Of exceptional interest for the light shed on the ethos, style, and tastes of the secular aristocracy of the later Middle Ages. . . . A real boon to the historian. . . . For those of us who still admire and cherish the huntsman's now threatened world, "The Master of Game" has a particular appeal."--"London Review of Books"

"Of exceptional interest for the light shed on the ethos, style, and tastes of the secular aristocracy of the later Middle Ages. . . . A real boon to the historian. . . . For those of us who still admire and cherish the huntsman's now threatened world, "The Master of Game" has a particular appeal." "London Review of Books""

"Of exceptional interest for the light shed on the ethos, style, and tastes of the secular aristocracy of the later Middle Ages. . . . A real boon to the historian. . . . For those of us who still admire and cherish the huntsman's now threatened world, The Master of Game has a particular appeal."--London Review of Books

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"Of exceptional interest for the light shed on the ethos, style, and tastes of the secular aristocracy of the later Middle Ages. . . . A real boon to the historian. . . . For those of us who still admire and cherish the huntsman's now threatened world, The Master of Game has a particular appeal."—London Review of Books

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Useful addition to library of books on game and hunting.
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Bought it as a present for a friend who was looking for a (more or less full) translation of Livre de Chasse by Gaston Fébus. She was very pleased with it as a Christmas present :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A window onto the Middle Ages 20 Jan. 2007
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I was looking for a translation of 'Master of Game' having studied the original manuscript, written in circa 1400, so I was delighted to find this 1909 translation from the old English.

It brings to life the fascinating world of the medieval hunt with all its ritual and symbolism and was for the most part based largely on the famous French text 'Livre de Chasse'.

Even if you are, like me, repelled by hunting itself (and it is graphic in places) it still remains one of the best first hand accounts of the habits of royalty and their leisure pursuits of the Middle Ages and it is for this insight that I'd would recommend it to readers.

The original author, Edward Plantagenet, wrote the book for Henry V and was himself killed at the battle of Agincourt in 1415.

Throughout the book Edward describes the nature and habits of wildlife and how best to hunt them.

He reveals the importance of hunting, not merely as a leisure pursuit, but as a means of becoming proficient in combat ( a regular feature of life in the Middle Ages). He also explains, with some passion, that whilst out hunting, a man is less likely to be lured by the temptations of the seven deadly sins!

But perhaps the most fascinating aspect is the snapshot this book provides of the wildlife that once roamed England's countryside - the hart, wild boar and wolves - which sadly are no more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Of The Game. Buy it! 3 Aug. 2014
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Everyone who shoots or hunts will enjoy having this book in their library. You can be sure Teddy Roosevelt read this volume.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 14 April 2016
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For a book based on a translation of a translation of a translation, and written six hundred years ago when people were frequently being burned at the stake for witchcraft or for having the wrong religious views, this is surprisingly interesting and informative. Occasionally repetitive, it gives us a view from inside the head of a leading politician seeking favoritism from his captor, and a measure of how hunting was important for social and financial reasons. American hunting is modeled exactly the opposite of European hunting, then and now, if only because we believe wild game belongs to everyone, not just the landed few. The flip side is that European hunting then, as now, was largely glamorous and filled with beautiful things. Some of the last chapters I had to re-read because they have a lot more nuance than I caught the first time I read them. Fascinating in every way, some of the rules of the sport remain the same today as in 1450, irrespective of how we hunt: Stamina, staying focused, staying in top physical condition, having weapons built to the highest standard so that failure is not an option, and the importance of woodcraft and knowledge of and respect for the wild animals we pursue. I liked this book a lot. It says a lot about Baillie Grohman that he translated it.
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