Historical References and Resources

As we all know, sighthounds, and especially greyhounds, have a long and significant role in the history of man, and the Middle Ages and Renaissance period are no exception. This section will attempt to provide solid historical references to the role of sighthounds in and before the Renaissance period. Hopefully, this will assist groups in educating the public about our beloved hounds, providing a greater understanding of their noble position throughout history.

Printed Historical References

  • The Hound and the Hawk, The Art of Medieval Hunting By John Cummins, ISBN 0-312-02716-8, Hardbound
    A fascinating book on hunting in the medieval period, with many historical references and a large bibliography. The book is in two sections, the first being on hunting with hounds, the second on hunting with hawks. This book has been out of print for some time, but is occasionally available from used book sellers.
  • The Reign of the Greyhound, A Popular History of the Oldest Family of Dogs By Cynthia A. Branigan, ISBN 0-87605-696-6, Hardbound
    An excellent book on the history of the greyhound from prehistory through modern times. A serious fault for historians, however, is the complete lack of any pre-20th century references in the bibliography. Still, get this book.

Sighthound History On the Web

Mythology, Legends, and Folk Tales

  • Bran and Sceolan These were the hounds of Finn Mac Cumhal, a legendary hero of Ireland.