Sports and Pastimes of the People of England (Forgotten Books) by Joseph Strutt

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Sports and Pastimes of the People of England (Forgotten Books)

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"This book is a key source for information on leisure time activities in 'Olde England,' including sports, hunting, games, dancing, gymnastics, music, festivals including Christmas and May Day and customs such as Mumming, The Boy Bishop, and The Lord of Misrule. It answers questions such as "How do you score a joust?," "When did feral wolves become extinct in Britain?," and "How much do you pay the piper?" And what is Shakespeare talking about when he mentions Shove-Groat or Nine Men's Morris? (The modern equivalents are shuffleboard and tic-tac-toe). Included are numerous quotes from original documents and dozens of plates based on period illustrations.

Strutt documents the constant conflict between popular culture and the religious and secular powers. The 'culture war' has been going on long before modern attempts to censor videos, computer games and comic books. In 1579, under Queen Elizabeth, a Puritan writer (John Northbrooke) branded playing cards "an invention of the devill", and complained "Many can tary at a vayne Playe for two or three hours, when as they will not abide scarce one houre at a Sermon." There was a class element to this as well, with an open double standard. In 1541, a statute forbade the lower classes from bowling and other games except under certain closely supervised circumstances; however, nobles could obtain a license to bowl on their own land. Likewise, football and tennis were at times forbidden to everyone-except the upper class. " (Quote from

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Preface; Introduction; Rural Exercises Practised By Persons Of Rank; Chapter I.; Chapter ii.; Chapter iii.; Rural Exercises Generally Practised; Chapter I.; Chapter ii.; Chapter iii.; Pastimes Usually Exercised In Towns And Cities, Or Places Adjoining To Them; Chapter I.; Chapter ii.; Chapter iii.; Chapter iv.; Chapter V.; Chapter vi.; Chapter vii.; Domestic Amusements Of Various Kinds; And Pastimes Appropriated To Particular Seasons; Chapter I.; Chapter ii.; Chapter iii.; Chapter iv.; Endnotes

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology.

Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.

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