Bucks author explores history of hunting

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Buckingham-based author Mandy de Belin paints a vivid picture of a long past England with her new book on hunting, published by the University of Hertfordshire Press.

De Belin explores the shift from deer hunting to fox hunting and the changing landscape of hunting over the period of the 17th to the 19th century.

Her book considers the change in interests in hunting over this period, from an interest in the skill of the hounds to the thrill of galloping across the countryside.

De Belin also presents her own theory about the hunting transition, suggesting that the change could have been caused by the use of faster thoroughbred horses instead of the change in landscape.

Local history is also referenced in the book, with mentions of Brackley and Silverstone, as de Belin developed her theory on the transition of hunting on a study of Northamptonshire.

More information about the book can be found on the website www.herts.ac.uk/uhpress.