HOLIDAYS & FEAST DAYS
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
In a practical sense, it is unlikely women would have been the
providers of meat in a household.
The illuminsated image from the Taymouth Hours from England dated
between 1325 and 1340, show a lady hunting rabbits with what appears
to be blunt arrows.
This may indicate that in this instance, hunting was for sport
as a game of accuracy, and the aim was not to kill the prey.
illuminations, like the Hunting Scene from Queen Mary's Psalter
at left, dated around 1310 to 1320 make no illusions to exactly
what is intended.
The stag has taken an arrow to the head and the hunting hound
is in the process of bringing the beast down.
The image is clearly designed to show a successful kill.
A further illumanated image dated
from 1325 to 1340 from an 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.
Their fur-lined overgowns have the sleeves pinned up to keep them
clean, but in a real-world scenario, noble ladies would have servants
to gut the stag for them. Other images from the same manuscript
show the women netting rabbits, and using birds of prey.