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Hawks and Handsaws
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1603  Monday, 25 June 2001

From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Jun 2001 14:39:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Hawks and Handsaws

Those who were following this thread might be interested in Edward
Berry's *Shakespeare and the Hunt* (Cambridge, 2001).  I HAVEN'T read it
myself so can't vouch for it, but the following description from
Amazon's UK site, notes some treatment of falconry (see last sentence).

"This is a study of Shakespeare's works in relation to the culture of
the hunt in Elizabethan and Jacobean society. The book explores topics
generally unfamiliar to Shakespeareans, such as the variety of kinds of
hunting in the period, the formal rituals of the hunt, the roles of
Queen Elizabeth and King James as hunters, the practice of organized
poaching, and the arguments both for and against hunting. Situating
Shakespeare's works in this rich cultural context, Berry illuminates the
plays from fresh angles. He explores, for example, the role of poaching
in "The Merry Wives of Windsor", the paradox of pastoral hunting in "As
You Like It", the intertwining of hunting and politics in "The Tempest",
and the gendered language of falconry in "The Taming of the Shrew"."

Cheers,
Karen

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