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Gilbert's HUNTING AND HUNTING RESERVES IN MEDIEVAL SCOTLAND Forest Laws 1979

Gilbert's HUNTING AND HUNTING RESERVES IN MEDIEVAL SCOTLAND Forest Laws 1979

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HUNTING AND HUNTING RESERVES IN MEDIEVAL SCOTLAND

By John M. Gilbert

John Donald Publishers Ltd. Edinburgh, 1979. First Edition. 8vo (160 x 240mm). pp xii, 447. With b&w photograph plates, b/w maps. Green boards, spine titled in gilt. Original dust jacket.

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A good clean copy. The dust jacket is unclipped and in good condition. The book itself is clean throughout. Small name written to front endpaper. Overall a very good first edition.

Originally the word forest usually meant, not an area of woodland, but a hunting reserve, a meaning which survives in the deer forests of Scotland to this day. How did the idea of forests or hunting reserves reach Scotland? What rights did the owner of a hunting reserve possess? Within these forests how did the king and his magnates hunt? What effect did these hunting reserves have on the people who lived within and around them? Dr Gilbert examines these and other questions in this study of hunting and hunting reserves in medieval Scotland. He traces the spread of forests from their creation in seventh-century Europe to their arrival in Scotland. He shows that in the reserves the king or his barons controlled not only hunting but also grazing, wood-cutting and building. The continuity of pre-norman and post-norman Scotland is revealed in the methods of hunting and in the hunting rights of the common people and of those barons who did not possess reserves. The restrictions which the forest placed in land use, poaching, and the preservation of the reserves against the economic needs of the people are discussed and there is a full critical edition of the Forest Law, both in Latin and translation
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