‘The Ownership of Swans in English History: Does the Queen Own all the Swans?’

“This blog has recently featured a fascinating post on whether it is possible to steal a peacock. In this post, I’m going to look at the laws surrounding a different kind of bird: the strange historical English laws regarding the monarch and ownership of swans. It is sometimes said that only the Queen may eat swan, and that she owns all the swans in England. This is not strictly correct. The truth, however, is far more interesting …” (more)

[Katy Barnett, Legal History Miscellany, 18 May]

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