The Court Historian
The Court Historian is published twice a year, in June and December. Information about the current and future issues is available here.
Volume 18, No. 2 (December 2013) - Royal Hunts Issue
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Courts cannot be understood without hunting as hunting cannot be understood without courts. Hunting was a pleasure, a way of gathering game for the royal table, a demonstration of power and a training in horsemanship and warfare. The proximity of hunting forests was a reason for the choice of Windsor and Versailles as royal residences. Royal hunts affected landscapes, animal breeding, music, costume, personalities, and, as John Christianson writes, ‘the entire balance between the natural and human worlds’. That is why this issue of The Court Historian is dedicated to them.