‘The Sport of Kings’: Shooting and The Court of Edward VII

@article{Ridley2013TheSO,
  title={‘The Sport of Kings’: Shooting and The Court of Edward VII},
  author={Janice Marie Ridley},
  journal={The Court Historian},
  year={2013},
  volume={18},
  pages={189 - 205}
}
  • J. Ridley
  • Published 1 December 2013
  • History
  • The Court Historian
Abstract For Victorians, the (sport of kings’ was fox hunting. But fox hunting boasted of being (open to all’ and for this reason — as well as mounting radical opposition in the last third of the nineteenth century—it was not suited to be a court sport. The Royal Buckhounds, which hunted the carted stag, were an anachronism. This article shows that the new court sport developed by Edward VII as Prince of Wales on his Sandringham estate was battue shooting of reared pheasants. It suggests that…