Chapter 3. Hunting

  1. Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Published Online: 6 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305135.ch3

A History of Food

A History of Food

How to Cite

Toussaint-Samat, M. (2008) Hunting, in A History of Food, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305135.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181198

Online ISBN: 9781444305135



  • Babylonian bas-reliefs, showing mastiffs taking part in lion hunts;
  • Nimrod, a mighty hunter and founder of Babylon;
  • Venison, popular among Gauls;
  • first Councils of Church, forbidding ‘all servants of God’ to go hunting;
  • Nimrod of Vatican, preferring hunting and hawking;
  • Elector of Saxony, setting up smoke-curing establishments in Dresden;
  • game animals, containing plenty of mineral salts


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Great Days and the Decline of Game