The Norman period of British history (stretching from 1066 with the conquest of England by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, until 1216 with the death of King John I) is overflowing with detail about the hunting exploits of the nobility. The Norman Kings and Queens were avid falconers, and their household accounts provide us with plenty of details about the birds that they chose and the ways in which they flew them.

The Norman period is the first to provide details about the professional falconers who were employed to care for and train the birds of the nobles, and is a time when falconry is not just about hunting to provide food, but is also about a show of status and wealth.

Photographs copyright to Jim Thompson and Albion Historical Falconry