Berners, Or Barnes, Lady Juliana, an English author, born at Rodney Berners, Essex, about 1388, died after 1460. She is said to have been a lady of rank and of great spirit and beauty, and was the prioress of the Sopewell nunnery near St. Albans, upon the abbey of which place the nunnery was dependent. A celebrated book on hawking, hunting, fishing, and coat armor is attributed to her. According to some accounts, the first edition of this book was printed at St. Albans in 1481. In the earliest extant edition, dated 1486, the work is entitled "The Bokys of Hawking and Hunting, and also of Cootarmuries." In some editions it is entitled "The Boke of St. Albans." It continued to be the most popular manual of field sports until the 18th century. A folio edition was printed by Wynkin de Worde in 1496, in which first appeared the part on fishing. A facsimile of this was printed in 1810 by Hazle-wood, who subsequently investigated the claims of the author to be considered the first female writer in the English language.
An edition of the "Treatise of Fysshynge" was printed by Baskerville in 1827.