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New Forest: the bully-boy Conqueror, hunting and warfare.

William the Conqueror is a source of fascination to me. As the man who created the New Forest, his motives and actions also continue to be debated by many historians and scholars. For some he was the first medieval conservationist, … Continue reading

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New Forest: forest laws, poaching, punishment and reform

Nowadays we think of a forest as ‘a place covered in trees’ but in medieval times it was understood to be ‘a reserve for royal hunting’. An area of forest could include whole villages and other settlements as well as … Continue reading

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