Session 309: Hunting and Falconry in the Middle Ages
Monday 12 July 2004, 16.30-18.00
|Sponsor:||Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR), FIRB Project "Cultural Exchange between the Islamic and the Western World in the Norman-Swabian Eve"|
|Organiser:||Anna Laura Trombetti Budriesi, Dipartimento di Paleografia & Medievistica, Università degli Studi di Bologna|
|Paper 309-b||La Falconeria alla Corte dei Gonzaga|
|Paper 309-c||Hunting and Humanists in Late Middle Ages|
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Hunting is an important activity in the Middle Ages. Our aim is to analyze this aspect of medieval culture and society in three directions: the attitude of the humanists, who were often hostile to hunting during the XIV and XV centuries and criticized this activity because of its violence, cost and unreasonableness; the falconry treatises that reached their maximum level of specialization in the famous treatise written by the emperor Friederich the Second De arte venandi cum avibus; the iconographical sources that clearly explain the symbolism of hunting from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, focusing on the evolution of big game hunting and of the art of falconry.