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Falcon Fever: A Falconer in the Twenty-first Century
 
 
Author
Tim Gallagher.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780618805754
Pages/Publication Date 326/2008
Daedalus Item Code 01917
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What is so compelling about falconry? The Cornell ornithologist who gave us The Grail Bird here mines his lifelong obsession with falcons for an answer in this engaging combination of memoir, history, and travelogue. An active, obsessive subculture of the sport exists in America, whose members still use the ancient training techniques and language of falconry. Tim Gallagher profiles such legendary falconers as Frederick II, the 13th-century Holy Roman Emperor and notorious freethinker who incurred the full wrath of the medieval Church. While following in Frederick's footsteps through southern Italy, Gallagher ponders his own history as well.

"Falconry, a sport most of us equate with medieval kings and Arabian potentates, is alive and well in the 21st century. Gallagher, author and editor in chief of Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's journal Living Bird, brings this arcane sport to life in his memoir-cum-travelogue-cum-falconry-history.... This engaging book draws readers in from page 1, and we want to learn more about Gallagher's life, his quest for understanding the souls of falconers from Frederick II to himself, and the majesty of the hunting falcons. A gem."Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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