Throughout my studies in medieval history, I learned about the various aspects of medieval society. However, even though I wish to gain as much authentic experience and inspiration about the medieval lifestyle, engaging in hunting is where I draw the line because I am an animal lover. On the other hand, hunting was still an important element in medieval life for three reasons: sport, gaining food, and to prepare men for war. During hunts, hunters would utilize weapons such as boar spears, bows, and crossbows along with help from hounds and falcons. They would hunt deer, rabbits, boars, or pheasants among other things. If a hunter returns home empty-handed then his family will starve, plain and simple. Hunting was also one of the favorite activities of Henry VIII to the point in which he hunted several species to near extinct on his royal estates. Since I refuse to get first hand inspiration from engaging in a hunt, I plan on drawing inspiration through the use of books, documentaries, and Youtube videos instead. For my fantasy series, I am planning for the very beginning of the story to take place during a hunt in which the main character undergoes a rite of passage.