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Hawking was an extremely popular pursuit amongst noble women who could afford the cost and upkeep of birds and the staff to care for them. Falconry was not a sport for the income-challenged.

The image detail at right shows a woman with her bird of prey and hawking glove. It comes from the Holkham Bible of 1325-1335.

Some hawking illustrations, like the German manuscript Manesse Codex from 1300-1320, shown at left, also show women on horseback riding while out hawking.

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