Who are we and what do we do?
We are Emma and Mike Raphael the only professional historical falconers in the UK. We are not based at or affiliated to a public bird of prey centre; we are a privately based specialist mobile falconry business. We specialise in the recreation, performance and interpretation of period falconry in authentic, live action style and can present English falconry from all relevant periods during the last millennia.
With passion and imagination we reveal the social importance of hunting with birds in history and show how falconry has shaped our national heritage and the countryside in which we all live. We are proudly reputed for our beautiful birds, fabulous quality costumes, captivating commentary and a serious professional shine that you would expect from seasoned performers.
Our work includes:-
Stunning arena displays and period exhibition tents for historical events.
Lively indoor presentations and workshops for museums and academic institutions.
Live scenes for Historical TV documentaries and recreations for still media.
School visits, lectures and consultancy.
Corporate entertainment days and group training sessions.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT EACH OF OUR SERVICES CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE.
So what’s special about Medieval Falconry?
English falconry had reached the pinnacle of its existence by the late Middle Ages and contributed much to Medieval society. Falconry and the pursuit of wild quarry were reflected in art, literature, poetry, music and language of the period and falconry birds were commonly seen at church, jousting tournaments, royal banquets, market squares and at weddings. Hawks and falcons had become a form of currency and a tradable asset, their ownership was a mark of distinction and a reflection of wealth. The English monarch appointed a Royal Falconer and kept an entire department devoted to hunting with birds.
This was not only the most popular period for falconry in history – but the period we are most frequently asked to perform too! We do so in glorious style wearing high status clothing of the late medieval period and with every appropriate period prop from decorated hoods to hand-carved perches. From kings to commoners we tell the story of falconry from humble hunting to regal sport.
We regularly perform at Medieval jousts throughout the year plus we work at many smaller Medieval sites that want a high-quality and mass-appeal event but on a small scale. Medieval is also very popular with schools and particularly museums who like our live craft workshops - like the ones we ran beneath the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries in the V&A Museum and at the Boston Guildhall Museum.
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD TO TALK MEDIEVAL!