Thursday, 21 July 2011
What is a forest?
To the modern mind a forest is a large woodland.
The Amazon 'rainforest' is so named because it is an enormous area of wild woodland.
Alongside Robin Hood himself- it is the Major Oak that is the symbol of Sherwood Forest.
But in the Medieval mind a forest was something quite different...
If you asked a medieval person to define a forest their anwswer would probably relate to Deer and the Crown.
This is because a forest was a geographic area subject to forest law
A law introduced by the Normans to protect Deer for the king.