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It seems that sometimes noble women did hunt, although illustrations showing women doing so are limited and it's a little hard to see what is for the sport of hunting and what is representing hunting for food.

One image dated from 1325 to 1340 froman English manuscript, The Taymouth Hours, shows four women in the process of gutting a stag. The entire manuscript shows women hunting, hawking and using bows and arrows to hunt prey.

There is nothing to indicate by their dress whetherthey are noble ladies or lowerclass girls who are searching for food, although I would suspect that noble ladies would have servants to get the stag for them. Working class ladies would be more likely to be tied up with home duties than be out on a group hunting party, so the context of this image remains unclear.

 

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