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 Saxon and Norman Falconry?
The 11th Century is a time by which falconry had become firmly established in England. The Anglo Saxon Kings started the tradition of English monarchs hunting with birds, the monk Boniface being instrumental to this hereditary practice. Alfred the Great became renowned for his love of falconry and that continued through to the last Saxon king who not only was rumoured to have written the first English treatise on hawking but was said only to put down his hawk when he needed to eat….and this royal passion for hunting with birds was further promoted and consolidated by William the Conqueror and his Norman heirs.
Our interpretation of this period contrasts the pagan perception of birds with the new age of Christianity; we examine moral teachings and parables that use birds of prey, we reveal the organisation of royal falconry and the trade in birds, there are tales of hunting exploits, murder and legends of royal falcons….and of course we read what the Bayeux Tapestry is really telling us!
Every year we participate in The Battle of Hastings event at Battle Abbey, we were also invited to give special presentations about Anglo-Saxon Falconry and Folklore at Stoke Pottery Museum during their exhibition of the Staffordshire Hoard.
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK SAXON OR NORMAN!