Sir John Amory's Staghounds

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When Sir John Amory's Staghounds were formed Queen Victoria was still on the throne, and their glory days were in the long Edwardian "summer" before the First World War, hunting country south of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds. It is a world away in time. But newspapers of the day carried copious reports of hunting of the period, and Richard Lethbridge has returned to the sources and painstakingly transcribed and edited the runs. Immediately, the excitement of these days - most of which will have been forgotten in the succeeding century - is recaptured and many a hardened Amory stag will be hunted again through these pages. It was a period when there were no horse boxes and it was normal to hack the hounds to the meets and back again, and for far distant meets the hounds were brought down the night before and kennelled, the Fox and Hounds at Eggesford being such a favoured location. From time to time hounds, riders and horses would even travel on the train. The stalwart field often hacked to a meet, hunted for several hours and many miles over arduous terrain and then faced a ride home of 15 miles or more. At the end of the hunt the deer would have been roped and dispatched by a knife - or, occasionally - even captured and carted to a later meet. Packed with fascinating detail, including records of the personalities - from the aristocracy down - who attended many of the meets, this book will be essential reading for anyone with a love of the glorious country where Devon meets Somerset, and especially for anyone with a passion for hunting and venery.

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