MS M.1044, fols. 43v–44r

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Gaston III Phœbus, Count of Foix

Livre de la chasse

Paris, France
ca. 1406–1407
381 x 290 mm

Bequest of Clara S. Peck, 1983

MS M. 1044
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The Kennel
The kennel should have been sufficiently large to accommodate several dogs and have two doors. The one at the front was used only for the hunt, while that at the back remained open, allowing the dogs to play and exercise in a small fenced meadow. It was the page's duty to clean the kennels every morning, to provide fresh water twice a day, and to change the straw bedding every three days. He also learned to make couples by leashing together two dog collars. The page was expected to sleep with the dogs to keep them from fighting. The loft above kept the kennel warm in the winter and cool during summer.


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