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Livre du Prince

Summary
Molopin, the chief falconer to the Prince of Antioch, and Michelin, the falconer to the King Peter I of Cyprus, composed this falconry handbook during the middle of the thirteenth century as a gift to Prince John of Antioch. Falconry was a favored means of hunting among the resident Franks in the Latin East. The Livre Du Prince proved popular, and several manuscripts were copied and made their way to Western Europe, where it served as a source for several late Medieval and Renaissance works on the subject.

 

Secondary Literature
Richard, Jean. “La Fauconnerie de Jean de Francières et ses sources.” In Le Moyen Âge 69 (1963), 893-902.

Smets, An. “Le ‘prince guérisseur’: Sur Molopin, Michelin et ‘leur’ Livre du Prince.” In Los libros de caza, edited by José Manuel Fradejas Rueda. Tordesillas, Spain: Instituto de Estudios de Iberoamérica y Portugal, Seminario de Filología Medieval, Universidad de Valladolid, 2005. 177-197.