Herne is said to have been a huntsman. Hunting in the employ of King Richard II of England (reigned 1377-1399) in and around Windsor Forest. He saved the Kings life when he was attacked by a cornered white hart Deer, but was mortally wounded himself in the process. A local wizard brought him back to health using his magical powers, which entailed tying the dead animal's antlers on Herne's head. In return, however, Herne had to give up his hunting skills.