Fouilloux’s La Venerie, aka Hunting, shows a significant shift so that the repas chasse is a halt during the hunt attended only by men. However, when George Gascoigne adapted La Venerie for his The Noble Arte of Venerie or Hunting (1575), includes Elizabeth I to the lunch assemblée Gascoigne’s assemblée combines the presentation of “fewmets,” deer scat, with an elaborate luncheon, fit for a queen, Elizabeth I, an avid hunter.
While Gaston’s examination of fumes was preparatory to the hunt, the presentation to Elizabeth is symbolic that the hunt is over, and it is a means of honoring the queen before the meal gets underway.
Featured Image: The hunters’ repas de chasse.
See Jacques du Fouilloux. La Venerie .Rouen, 156);