Session 1112: Forests in England and Wales, I: What and Where Were the Forests and What Were They for?
Wednesday 9 July 2008, 11.15-12.45
|Sponsor:||St John's College, University of Oxford|
|Organiser:||John Langton, St John's College, University of Oxford|
|Moderator/Chair:||Robin Alan Butlin, School of Geography, University of Leeds|
|Paper 1112-a||'Medieval English Royal Forests': What Were They?|
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Law
|Paper 1112-b||Mapping the Forests: Problems and Possibilities|
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Onomastics
|Paper 1112-c||Forests as Hunting Grounds|
Index terms: Anthropology, Art History - General
Preoccupation with colonisation for arable, as well as the ‘Norman yoke’ and ‘Robin Hood’ versions of medieval forest history, have rendered this half of pre-industrial rural history under-studied and misunderstood. Even the published numbers of forests and chases in England and Wales vary widely and are all seriously short of the mark. This session attempts to redefine the forest, explain its utility to kings, but also to other classes, demonstrate the extent and complexity of forests as geographic entities, and broaden our view of where hunting stood in, and how it was understood by, medieval society.