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Daughters of Artemis; the huntress in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.


Daughters of Artemis; the huntress in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Almond, Richard.

D.S. Brewer


202 pages




Independent historian Almond argues for the participation of medieval and Renaissance women in hunting activities. His introduction stresses the lack of recent work on this topic. Therefore, he begins with an overview of representations of the mythological huntress Artemis/Diana. He then discusses the ways in which women are known to have hunted, primarily involving hawking by noble women and the trapping of small game by peasant women. His chapter on hunting and sin looks at literary and religious use of the topos of hunting, including the descent of humans to a state of animal behavior, characterized by unbridled sex, abandonment of civilization and savage hunting by both "wild" men and women. The parameters of "hunting" are very wide, both in time and subject. While Almond states that the period he is looking at is 1300 to 1700, many of his quotations are from twelfth-century authors. He includes the undoubted female tasks to preparing and cooking meat as aspects of hunting. This latter distracts from the less familiar information on women's role in capturing and dispatching game, for which Almond provides much evidence. The book is illustrated with a number of colored plates.

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Date:Sep 1, 2010
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