Gardens of Earthly Delight: The History of Deer ParksPaperback
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- Publisher: WINDGATHER PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 296 pages
- Dimensions: 184mm x 244mm x 19mm | 862g
- Publication date: 3 May 2011
- Publication City/Country: Macclesfield
- ISBN 10: 1905119364
- ISBN 13: 9781905119363
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: b/w & col illus
- Sales rank: 883,177
This is an original and well researched account of deer parks. Fletcher touches on errors commonly made by archaeologists and historians, taking issue with long held theories while drawing on his lifetime working with deer to formulate plausible explanations to some of the mysteries of the history of deer parks.
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John Fletcher is a specialist deer vet with a worldwide reputation in the behaviour, biology and practical management of deer, especially in parks and on farms.
But what sets this book apart, and makes it so stimulating for anyone interested in historic deer management, is the fact that Fletcher is a deer vet (and understands hunting). Here are accessible discussions of deer management, habitats and the characters of the different breeds (fallow deer are easily managed and can be carried on a man s back or even caught in mid-air as they leap), with some tolerant rebuttals of landscape historians much repeated inherited truisms. Highly readable - shelve alongside Rackham s History of the Countryside.'--Paul Stamper"British Archaeology" (01/01/0001)"