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Young Cadger

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 30 October 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

No matter where you look in history, there have always been the elite, and the not-so-elite. This was never more so than in the middle-ages when everyone knew "Their station" in life.
Just about the bottom of the pile was the cadger. He was either (in effect) the village idiot, or the oldest, somewhat infirm person in the area. His job was to carry the cadge-the frame that we see here-into the field with the hunting falcons on it. They would then be released for his Lord and her Lady.
The phrase "Old codger" meaning doddery old man, come directly from "Old cadger"
They clearly didn't have an old cadger for this reenactment!

Canon EOS 7D 1/800 second F/10.0 ISO 1000 150 mm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Great photo. Intriguing explanation.

30 Oct 2010 5:04am

rem_la from Villiers, France

un portrait lumineux !

30 Oct 2010 5:08am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

A renactor who knows his business ! Nice capture..

30 Oct 2010 5:37am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

He may be young but he seems to know what he is doing with the falcon.

30 Oct 2010 5:42am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Thanks so much for the interesting info! A wonderful portrait.

30 Oct 2010 5:53am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

He is no cadger - would look more at home with Robin Hood and his merry men! Great capture of this re-enactment. A pity this was such a lowly position - trusted to carry the falcon would seem to be more of an honour that that. Interesting history you add to the photo.

30 Oct 2010 5:56am

@Stephen: I think that the logic goes like this...Dodery old men can't till the field, hew wood, fashion iron, shepherd sheep. The Lord and Lady would hunt maybe one a week. So this was a job that he could do to get a few scraps of food -after the horses and dogs-I suspect!

P. Morris from Canada

That is some getup and contraption, but if it works...
A great photo of this practice.

30 Oct 2010 6:42am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Nicely done and great info too!

30 Oct 2010 6:55am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

wonder where 'old fart' comes from....

30 Oct 2010 7:19am

@Philip: Old arses?

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nice hat. Trying to lok cool or just off the motorbike?

30 Oct 2010 8:09am

@Sally: Can I have a pint of whatever you've been drinking?!! ;-0

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

how interesting! and a great portrait!

30 Oct 2010 8:45am

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Just morning tea. Is the bird not wearing a wee hat? I haven't got my specs on.

30 Oct 2010 8:48am

@Sally: AH now I get it!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow ! This is a fantastic capture Chris. I've always been fascinated by the middle-ages and your story is really interesting... this is something I didn't know. Thank for sharing ! Enjoy your weekend :)

30 Oct 2010 9:06am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

What is dangling off her backside? Some sort of toy sheep?

30 Oct 2010 9:09am

@The Mouse: If you are talking about the wire-it's a micro-transmitter so that if the Hawk goes AWOL they can track it down. As Far as I Know, this wasn't available in the middle-ages....

Anika from tehran, Iran

it Is really fantastic

30 Oct 2010 9:19am

k@ from Paris, France

His genenous smile opens up the scene, full sun & great midle-Age feel.

30 Oct 2010 9:49am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

indeed!!!!!!!!!!! instead happy and quite a 'firm' (as opposed to infirm) young man..........a lovely capture

30 Oct 2010 12:17pm

David from Avranches, France

Great shot, and spot on information. Cheers.

30 Oct 2010 12:26pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Does the model know the story behind cadgers and has still agreed to do so?
I suppose he must know and finds it so funny..he has cant help laughing...
The bird doesnt seem to be restrained in any way to be released for hunting..?
Nice shot, by the way..

30 Oct 2010 12:55pm

@Sunder: The bird is free to fly where it likes, but, of course, it is trained to know where easy food is........

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

That is a cool story you are telling us. Love this smiling face having a lot of fun . BEautiful portrait !

30 Oct 2010 1:12pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Wow .. very informative and a joy for me reading the words u add for each interesting photo u put up here !

With that green custom he looks like a young Robin Hood .. i know so little about ur country and am getting interested in history as I grow up ( never old :P) .. little by little can see myself as a part of history too

30 Oct 2010 1:20pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

Terrefic portrait

30 Oct 2010 1:20pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful smile, beautifully captured

30 Oct 2010 1:43pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

great smile , superb capture!

30 Oct 2010 2:20pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A great picture and fascinating story and information as to the source of our commonly used term. Nice post.

30 Oct 2010 2:52pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

No it is deffinately a toy.

30 Oct 2010 3:52pm

@The Mouse: Ok, now I know what you are on about. What had me confused was that the cadger is male, and the falcon is female, so when you talked about "Dangling off her backside" I was looking at the bird, not the guy. Right,mystery solved. It's one of two lures that the falconer(Not in shot) whistles round his head, on a piece of thick string that the falcon aims at during practice.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

...but the job comes with a uniform? Can't be that bad!

30 Oct 2010 4:27pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the true smile here…

30 Oct 2010 4:29pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

GReat info, i love to find out about old saying

30 Oct 2010 5:27pm

kate maher from United Kingdom

~`good histry~~ info...... and a fab shot!:)

30 Oct 2010 5:43pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Excellent shot! Great information.

30 Oct 2010 5:55pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Well by the looks of this fella it's quite an enjoyable job. A pin sharp image.

30 Oct 2010 6:31pm

Iris from Assen, Netherlands

wow great story!! beautiful capture!!

30 Oct 2010 8:11pm

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Great shot, I hope he wasn't the village idiot? LOL!

30 Oct 2010 9:19pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Well, the next time I get called an 'Old Codger', I shall be able to give a much better account of myself. That assumes someone will keep an eye on my birds, of course.

30 Oct 2010 9:56pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

He looks like helen chamberlain.

30 Oct 2010 10:55pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

And then what would the Lord and Lady do with them? So interesting.

31 Oct 2010 12:48am

@Susan: Hunting with Falcons had two very different reasons for being...Remember, this is before the adveent of guns and gun-powder... 1. Put food on the table 2.More importantly, show status. Falconry was highly regulated, only people of a certain status could do it, and in fact, what bird you were allowed to use was regulated by whether you were a knight, baron, price,lord, king etc. So it was a way of reminding your serfs that you were the big swinging Cajones!!!!

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Great concord!!!

31 Oct 2010 5:10am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Great shot and thank you for the interesting information

31 Oct 2010 7:53am

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

Great character shot

31 Oct 2010 9:17am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Looks Like ROBIN HOOD! Perfect!
Good job, Bravo. : )

31 Oct 2010 12:05pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Great portrait and text!

1 Nov 2010 5:08am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Great shot. Love all the info. It's a fascinating thing.

1 Nov 2010 5:54am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great..Excellent find..

1 Nov 2010 8:49am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

clearly this guy is not an old cadger. does that bird have a cap on its head?

3 Nov 2010 9:27am

Canon EOS 7D
1/800 second
F/10.0
ISO 1000
150 mm