The Medieval Sportsman's Compendium of Knowledge



Crowns and Hounds A Pictorial of Crowns with Hounds during their Reigns of the Middle Kingdom


The Celestial Pack is a series of vignettes from the Afterlife of our beloved SCA Hounds.Featured in these stories are several SCA legendary people who died young or tragically, but were known for having supported the SCA hounds during their SCA lifetime.


Hounds and Coursing

Books and Articles

1)   Of English Dogges, John Caius,as published in 1576. Download the book here. 14.8MB
2)   Hounds and Hunting through the Ages. Joseph B. Thomas. Derrydale Press. New York. 1933. Covers mostly the scenthounds but some information on coursing and sighthounds as well. Mostly out of period stuff but still a good source.
3)   Gazehounds & Coursing. The history, art, and sport of hunting with sighthounds. M.H. Dutch Salmon. High-Lonesome Books. New Mexico. 1977, 1999. Mostly information on the current sport of hunting with sighthounds (coursing) but gives a good feel for the mechanics, etc involved in both current and period hunts.
4)   The Reign of the Greyhound: A popular history of the oldest family of dogs. Cynthia Branigan. Howell Book House Inc. New York. 1997. A lot of good basic history information
5)   Reigning Cats and Dogs. A history of pets at court since the Renaissance. Katharine Macdonogh. St. Martins Press. New York. 1999. Mostly out of period information, some good pictures to ‘date’ a breed, some interesting info on pet fashions and hunt training, interesting and easy reading.
6)   The Beast Within. Animals in the Middle Ages. Joyce E. Salisbury. Routledge. New York. 1994. Information on period man’s relationship to their animals, mostly useful for the ‘weir-gield’ tables on the cost for killing a hunting hound or hawk (and other animals).
7)   Four Centuries of Dog Collars at Leeds Castle. Leeds Castle Foundation. Judges Postcards Ltd. Hastings. 1997. A collection of artists postcards from the Leeds Dog Collar Museum. Mostly out-of-period but interesting as collars haven’t changed that much.
8)   Dog. A Dog’s Life in Art and Literature. Iain Zaczek. Watson-Guptill. New York. 2000. Pictures of all types of artwork featuring all types of dogs, in period and out.
9)   The Mythology of Dogs: Canine Legend and Lore though the Ages. Gerald and Loretta Hausman. St. Martin’s Press. New York. 1997. Good source for interesting stories about various breeds
10)   Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds. Ernest H. Hart. TFH Publications. Neptune City, NJ. 1968. Standard breed information, includes a ‘family tree’ of the breed types
11)   Greyhounds. Dog Fancy. Popular Dogs Series. Vol. 20. 2001. Actually a magazine, not a book, the issue is devoted to articles on greyhounds including: breed history, racing, coursing, training, adoption, AKC competition, veterinary issues, and images in artwork.
12)   Adopting the Racing Greyhound. Cynthia Branigan. Howell Book House Inc. New York. 1992. Breed book. Some breed history. The classic reference for greyhound adoption.
13)   Greyhounds: A complete Pet Owner’s Manual. D. Caroline Coile. Barrons Publishing. New York. 1996. Breed book. Some breed history
14)   The Complete Book of Greyhounds. Julia Barnes. Howell Book House Inc. New York. 1994. Breed book. Some breed history
15)   Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies. Lee Liningood. IDG Books Worldwide. Foster City, CA. 2000. Breed book. Some breed history. Next to Branigan’s this is the best reference for an ‘owners manua’l on greyhounds.
16)   The Complete Irish Wolfhound. Alma J. Starbuck. Howell Book House Inc. New York. 1977. Breed book. Some breed history
17)   Irish wolfhounds. Beverly Pisano. TFH Publications. Neptune City, NJ. 1990. Breed book. Some breed history
18)   Italian Greyhounds. Louis F. Russo. TFH Publications. Neptune City, NJ. 1990. Breed book. Some breed history.
19)   Marvels, Monsters, and Miracles: Studies in the Medieval and Early Modern Imaginations. Eds. Timothy S. Jones and David A. Sprunger. Medieval Institute Publications. Kalamazoo, Michigan. 2002. Froissart’s “Debate of the Horse and the Greyhound”; Companion Animals and Signs of Social Status in the Fourteenth Century. Kristen M. Figg. A discussion on Froissart’s “Debate” work and what it tells of the treatment of animals in period. Scholarly.
20)   Egyptian Household Animals. Rosalind and Jack Janssen. Shire Egyptology. Shire Publications. Aylesbury, UK. 1989. Chapter 2: Dogs. Nice book on animals in Egypt, includes a picture of a Egyptian dog collar from the Cairo Museum. 31. World Book of Dogs. Julie Campbell Tatham. World Publishing Company. New York. 1953. Chapter 1 & 2: Saluki & Greyhound. Two good stories on the selected breeds
21)   The Louvre. Knopf Guides. Alfred A. Knopf Inc. New York. 1995. p202 & 203. picture of the Maxmillian Tapestries with dog armor.
22)   The Tres Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry. George Braziller Inc. New York. 1969. Plates 2, 9, 12, 13, 48, 49. Pictures of the hunt, collars or dog breeds
23)   Great Tapestries. The web of history from the 12th to the 20th century. Joseph JobČ (ed.). Edita S.A. Lausanne. Switzerland. 1965. p54, 57, 59, 62, 63, 68, 69. Pictures of the hunt, collars or dog breeds
24)   Tapestries. Mercedes Viale. Paul Hamlyn Co. London. 1966. p19, 85, 105. Pictures of the hunt, collars or dog breeds
25)   French Tapestry. Roger-Armand Weigert. Charles T. Branford Co. Massachusetts. 1962. Plates 5, 12, B, 25, 26, 28, 29, 37. Pictures of the hunt, collars or dog breeds
26)   Medieval Life Illustrations. Carol Belanger Grafton. Dover Publishing Inc. New York. 1996. Pictures of the hunt, dog breeds. Especially useful for the picture of a dog ‘cape’
27)   The Book of Beasts. Being a translation from a Latin bestiary of the twelfth century. T.H. White. Dover Publications. New York. 1984. p61-68. The medieval bestiary account of dogs.
28)   The Medieval Menagerie. Animals in the art of the Middle Ages. Janetta Rebold Benton. Abbeville Press. New York. 1992. p91-94. Interpretation of the presence and symbolism of dogs in medieval art, based on the medieval bestiary interpretation of the dog’s virtues.
29)   Medieval Collars for the Modern Dog. Stephanie M. Thorson. Tournaments Illuminated #111. Summer 1988. How to make medieval collar reproductions 43. Coursing with Greyhounds. Paul Curren. Tournaments Illuminated #123. Summer 1997. SCA coursing.
30)   Hounds of Muckle Speed. Renaissance Magazine. Cynthia Cameron. Chivalry Sports Inc. 1999. Hound history: Irish Wolfhound, Deerhound, Greyhound and Mastiff
31)   Born to the Purple? A Heritage of Greyhounds. Laurel E. Drew. A Breed Apart. Vol II, issue 1. June/July 1996. www.abap.org/purple.htm Breed history 46. The Tourney Dog - and other creatures. Michael and Jeanne Walsh. The Known World Handbook. 1985. Advice on taking your pet to SCA event
32)   Grehounds in Velvet Collars. Janice Parkinson-Tucker. Celebrating Greyounds Winter 2000. History of collars and leashes
33)   Hunting Tapestries. Janice Parkinson-Tucker. Celebrating Greyounds Spring 2001. History of collars, coats and leashes as found in the hunt tapestries
34)   Greyhounds and Royalty. Joan Dillon. Celebrating Greyhounds Fall 2000. Famous/noble greyhound owners.
35)   Lure coursing in the Current Middle Ages. Bryan Randolph. Celebrating Greyhounds Summer 2002. Coursing in the SCA
36)   Promoting Greyhound Adoption at Renaissance Faires. Mik Wilkens, Michael Sheldon, and Marsha Roe. Celebrating Greyhounds. Winter 2002. How to add greyhounds to the Fair.
37)   Homelife in Ancient Greece - Not so different after all. Laurel E Drew. Celebrating Greyounds. Summer 1997. A brief overview of owning hounds in the in classic Greece.
38)   Twelfth Century Greyhounds in Merry Old England. Laurel E Drew. Celebrating Greyounds. Spring 1997. A brief overview of hounds after the Norman invasions.
39)   The complete book of sight hounds, long dogs, and lurchers. D Brian Plummer.1991
40)   Greyhounds and the SCA. Creative Anachronist. Winter 2004.
41)   The Celestial Pack is a series of vignettes from the Afterlife of our beloved SCA Hounds.Featured in these stories are several SCA legendary people who died young or tragically, but were known for having supported the SCA hounds during their SCA lifetime.
42)   Greyhound Heraldry  Trimarian Heralds' Handbook / Field Heraldry for Greyhound Coursing
43)   Introduction  to Period Dogs
44)   Terrarii  (Terrier Dogs)
45)   Greyt Craft Patterns  Crafts for you and your Greyhound (Can be scaled down to fit other breeds). Warning-This doc is 33 pages and has pictures.)

Webpages

1)   ""Greyhound Gallery". Pictures of artwork in period and out containing greyhounds.
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" Web Gallery of Art" Pictures of artwork in period and out, hound and hunting related.
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" The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection" 4/10/01 Pictures of artwork in period and out, hound and hunting related.
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"Greyhound History" breed history, coursing history, hounds in literature, rules of renaissance coursing
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"Sighthounds in Celtic Lands" wolfhounds, breed history
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"A Brief History of Irish Wolfhounds" breed history
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"Greyhound Manor Crafts" how to make collars and coats
8)  
"Stephan’s Florilegium: Dogs"
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"SCA coursing list"
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"Middle Kingdom Coursing College"


Classes:

1)   Coursing and Sighthounds. Master Beawulf Gorden. Lillies RUSH 6/1998.
2)   Coursing. Duchess Moruadh of An Tir Caillte. Stonemarche demo 6/7/2000. outline and notes provided by author.
3)   History of Greyhounds, pre-1066. Lady Rebecca with the Greyhound. Gulf Wars X. 3/2001
4)   Setting up a Lure Course. Master Beawulf Gorden. Gulf Wars X. 3/2001
5)   First Aid for Greyhounds. Lady Caitriona inghean Ghiolla Phadraig. Gulf Wars X. 3/2001
6)   Lure Master Training: How to set up a safe course. Viscountess Nina Mirovna Korsakova. Known World Animal Husbandry/Animal Arts and Sciences Symposium. 9/2001.
7)   Educated Observer: Hands on how to release a coursing hound. Viscountess Nina Mirovna Korsakova. Known World Animal Husbandry/Animal Arts and Sciences Symposium. 9/2001.
8)   Canine First Aid and Vetinary Practices in the Middle Ages. Lady Samira of AnTir. Known World Animal Husbandry/Animal Arts and Sciences Symposium. 9/2001
9)   History of the Hunt. Lord Corin the Huntsman. Known World Animal Husbandry/Animal Arts and Sciences Symposium. 9/2001

Museum Info

1)   British Museum. London. 9/2003. items with hounds or hunting scenes, and hunting related items including horns and weapons. Lady Rowan has pictures!
2)   Victoria and Albert Museum. London. 9/2003. items with hounds or hunting scenes, and hunting related items including horns and weapons. Lady Rowan has pictures!
3)   Royal Armories Museum. Leeds. 9/2003. pictures of hunting related items (mainly weapons) Lady Rowan has pictures!
4)   Leeds Castle Dog Collar Museum. 9/2003. dog collars from period and post-period

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