Games and pastimes


  • Intro

    The frontispiece of this book shows the array of games that were popular in this period. Entertainments included card games, billiards, chess or dice. Music and dancing were also fashionable forms of entertainment and the more curious individual could visit free shows, curiosities, or even public executions. Animal baiting was a particularly well attended sport.  These savage entertainments saw partially tamed bears, fierce dogs, and fiercer bulls, attack each other until the animals were left either wounded or dead. The royal palace could accommodate a royal baiting of bears and bulls, in the tiltyard, where it could be watched from a gallery. Ordinary people could attend cock-pits where, for a small amount of money, they could watch the event or bet on the cock fight.



    Shelfmark: C.71.h.23

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