Wing­ing it in fal­conry

For cen­turies, it has cap­ti­vated kings, in­flu­enced our cul­ture and shaped our lan­guage. Adrian Dan­gar re­ports

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re­puted to be the great­est fal­coner of all time, re­turned to Si­cily fol­low­ing an Ara­bian cru­sade in 1230 with sev­eral ex­pe­ri­enced prac­ti­tion­ers to as­sist him with his pas­sion. he loved the sport so much that, as well as once aban­don­ing the siege of a fortress in favour of fal­conry, he spent more than 30 years com­pil­ing the sport’s bi­ble, De Arte Ve­nandi cum Avibus.

Fal­conry is also syn­ony­mous with the Al­tai moun­tains strad­dling Kazakhstan and Mon­go­lia, where I’ve rid­den with the ethnic Kazak peo­ple and wit­nessed, at first hand, golden ea­gles hunt­ing foxes—an an­cient and thriv­ing tra­di­tion. each Oc­to­ber, the

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