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From the Deer to the Fox
From the Deer to the Fox

From the Deer to the Fox

The Hunting Transition and the Landscape, 1600–1850

Explorations in Local and Regional History


192 Pages, 6.75 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $32.95)

Publication Date: September 2013

ISBN 9781909291041

Rights: WOR X UK & EUR

University Hertfordshire Press (Sep 2013)
University Of Hertfordshire Press


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Between the 17th and 19th centuries, the sport of hunting was transformed: the principal prey changed from deer to fox, and the methods of pursuit were revolutionized. Questioning the traditional explanation of the hunting transition—namely that change in the landscape led to a decline of the deer population—this book explores the terrain of Northamptonshire during that time period and seeks alternative justifications. Arguing that the many changes that hunting underwent in England were directly related to the transformation of the hunting horse, this in-depth account demonstrates how the near-thoroughbred horse became the mount of choice for those who hunted in the shires. This book shows how, quite literally, the thrill of the chase drove the hunting transition.

Author Biography

Mandy de Belin is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester.