How did Medieval people hunt?
They used many weapons and traps, but one of the more interesting ways was to use birds. Falconry or Hawking, is the sport of hunting with: falcons, hawks, or eagles. It originated in Ancient Egypt and is still around today. We found someone who is a registered falconer (a master) and asked him all about it. Click Here to read our interview.
David Huntimer has been a falconer for 14 years. Below are some pictures of David and his family/friends with their falcon:
Here is a list of which types of birds were used by the different classes of people in the Medieval Period:
Emperor: Golden Eagle (or Gyrfalcons)
Prince: Female Peregrine
Earl: Peregrine Falcon
Baron: Tiercel Peregrine
Knight: Saker falcon
Squire: Lanner falcon
Yeoman: Northern goshawk
Page or yeoman: Eurasian hobby
Priest: Female Eurasian sparrowhawk
Holy water clerk: Male Eurasian sparrowhawk
Knave, servant, or child: Eurasian kestrel
Above: David's friend with her hawk Pita.