Medieval Glossary


A deer-leap was a sunken fence built into the wall of a forest park. Its purpose was to allow wild deer to enter an enclosure but not be able to return to the protection of the forest.

Naturally the construction of such items was frowned upon by the king or other landowning lords who considered it an interference with their rights of hunting for sport, and so builders of such leaps were often punished under the Forest Laws.

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Category: Society
Added: 09.04.04
Contributor(s): Alan Chanter


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