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 Tudor Falconry?
The reign of King Henry VIII saw English falconry experience the last of its glory days. The Tudor monarchy were passionate about hunting but none more so than Henry who was often absent from court because he had gone hawking. Henry made changes to the law to improve his hunting, he had numerous hunt lodges built near to his favourite lands, he constructed housing for his hawks and even had a near-fatal hawking accident. His second queen, Anne Boleyn, carried a white falcon as her personal motif or badge, the white falcon being a popular symbol of royalty and power.
This golden age of falconry finally began to fade during the reign of Elizabeth I who preferred stag hunting despite falconry being considered a more feminine pursuit! James I was the last monarch to support falconry after which it declined into obscurity. The Tudor period is one of our most frequently demanded by schools, television and event organisers. We spent 3 days with the Time Team crew as Tudors and many a school enrichment day has been Tudor because they love the costumes!
We have worked at some of the most famous Tudor properties in England from castles and palaces to hunting parks and manor houses, we were even invited to lecture on the subject at The British Library.
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK TUDOR!