Falconry A Short History

I have decide to look into falconry just to get a bit of backstory to this sport. A brief history will help me build a idea about what its all about. and will help me to build a concept behind my images and truly what I want to say.

Falconry in Mongolia

Falconry was practiced Mongolia at a very remote period and was already in high favour some 1000 years BC, that’s 3000 years ago. It achieved a very high level of refinement on the military campaigns of the Great Khans who practiced falconry for food and for sport between battles. One such military expedition reached almost to the gates of Vienna. By the time of Marco Polo there were over 60 officials managing over 5000 trappers and more than 10000 falconers and falconry workers.Picture by xxxxx

By the beginning of the 6thCentury and extending through the Middle Ages, the popularity of falconry soured through Europe. It was a sport for Royalty. And the possession of Birds of Prey was considered a status symbol. In England in the 1600’s there were a strict set of customs called ‘Law of Ownership’, which dictated to the social ranks of citizens which bird was to be flown and by whom. A king could fly a Gyrfalcon; a duke, a rock falcon; an earl, a peregrine; a yeoman, a goshawk; and a servant, a kestrel. It was thought in the reign of Edward III, 1327-77, stealing a trained raptor was punishable by death.

I am planning to look at how falconers are seen in this age. How the sport has evolved and changes to the training and caring of the birds. The information I have fund says that there has been almost no change in the techniques and structure of the sport but I want to investigate it for myself.

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