Medieval hunting manuscripts like Livre de la chasse by Gaston Phoebus continue to enjoy great popularity for a number of reasons: they include some of the most accomplished miniature painting of the Middle Ages, contain countless details of medieval life, and what is even more rare, were mostly written by aristocratic authors, e.g. De Arte Venandi cum avibus, a treatise on falconry by Emperor Frederick II.
These manuscripts were not only created as works of art, but were practical textbooks on hunting techniques containing pseudo-scientific observations on game animals, as well as the selection and care of horses, dogs, and falcons. As such, many of these works continued to be consulted well into the 19th century. These manuscripts also provide evidence that the hunt was not restricted to men only, but was an important social event in which women also actively participated.