Une génération de gestion animale au début du XIVe siècle : la comptabilité du territoire d'élevage et de chasse d'Hesdin (Pas-de-Calais, France)


fr Anthropozoologica 31 - Pages 125-136

Published on 01 December 2000

This article is a part of the thematic issue Animal management and demography through the ages

A generation of animal management at the beginning of the 14th century: accounts of the breeding and hunting territory of Hesdin (Pas-de-Calais, France)

The first goal of this article is an evaluation of the accounting sources to describe animal management from 1300 to 1315 in the breeding and hunting territory of the palatial residence of the counts of Artois and Flander at Hesdin. The ultimate goal consists in the setting up of a written database of a breeding and hunting territory Three main aspects of animal management have been discussed: 1) as the human will to draw up an inventory of the animals of a given territory; 2) as the anthropic ability to modulate reproduction and ages of some animals; 3) and finally by understanding management from its classical definition, which is the numerical evaluation of animals by man and moreover with the controlling methods that are rhythms and hunting seasons.


Animal management, Breeding and hunting territory, Seigniorial accounts, Cultural selection, Demographie alteration.

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