George Tuberville, The Noble Art of Venerie or Hunting, 1611 - p. 35.

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Date:1611

Description:Hunting with dogs as in Shakespeare's plays.

Turberville’s handbook covers the training of dogs for hunting deer or hare. The woodcut illustrations show the kind of hunt Shakespeare would have had in mind when writing the hunting scenes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It as the foresters return from a successful hunt (4.2), or in Love’s Labour’s Lost, where the Princess and her ladies seek the deer in the King’s park (4.1).

See:A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 4,1, lines 102-125.
As You Like It, 4,2, lines 1-18.
Love’s Labour’s Lost, 4,1, lines 1-35.


Full title: George Turberville, The noble art of venerie or hunting. Wherein is handled and set out the virtues, nature, and properties of fifteene sundry chaces, together with the order and manner how to hunt and kill every one of them. Translated & collected for the pleasure of all noblemen and gentlemen, out of the best approved authors and reduced into order and termes as are used in Great Britaine. At London, printed by Thomas Purfoot, 1611.


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