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Medieval Falconry Quiz

A quick look at some of the historic customs and traditions of this legendary form of hunting 10 Questions.

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Question 1 Photo

Commonly known as "The Book of Hawking, Hunting, and Blasing of Arms", it was printed in 1486 under which title?

  • "Henry Tudor'f Lyttle Red Boke of Byrrding"
  • "Boke of Seynt Albans"
  • "Byrding Wyt Rychard III"
  • "Falconri Fyr Dummif"

Question 2 Photo

Popular amongst most classes, Falconry was particularly enjoyed by which group of people?

  • Knaves and servants
  • Knights
  • Ladies
  • Clergy

Question 3 Photo

The "Boke of Seynt Albans" provides a list of birds matched to their "appropriate" social classes; which bird is suited to servants?

  • Kestrel
  • Falcon
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Eagle

Question 4 Photo

In the English sport of gentry and royalty, which bird was considered the king of raptors?

  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Goshawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • Bustard

Question 5 Photo

The term "tercel" (from Latin for "third") is used for male falcons because of which (incorrect) belief?

  • They only have three talons
  • They have three brains
  • They have three wings
  • Only one in three eggs hatches a male bird

Question 6 Photo

What term is used to describe a raptor shielding its prey?

  • Bating
  • Mantling
  • Stooping
  • Panneling

Question 7 Photo

What are the leather thongs permanently attached to the leg of a bird of prey to keep it under control while in the hand?

  • Tesses
  • Dresses
  • Jesses
  • Messes

Question 8 Photo

According to a letter to Lord Lisle, from Sir William Kingston, how often did King Henry VIII indulge in "Hawking"?

  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Twice per week
  • Monthly

Question 9 Photo

What is the reason for attaching bells to the legs of birds of prey?

  • To amuse the ladies accompanying a hunt
  • To locate birds hidden in trees or behind scrub
  • To keep the bird alert
  • To enable the owner to identify his bird in flight

Question 10 Photo

According to the listings in the "Boke of Seynt Albans", which was the only class of person permitted to own Gyr falcons?

  • Kings and Queens
  • Knights
  • Dukes
  • Emperors