Thursday, February 26, 2009

Question from Katherine - Leisure and entertainment

I'm in 7th form and I'am taking history, currently we are doing research and mine is on leisure and entertainment during the tudor-stuart time period. I was wondering if there were any main points or links that I should know about in order to do well.

Thanks, Katherine.


Anonymous PhD Historian said...

I will offer a few directions and keywords that you might use for searching the Internet, Katherine:

In 1618, King James I issued The Book of Sport, a proclamation about leisure activities that were acceptable on Sundays. You can find it online.

Common leisure activities from the period that can easily be investigated online or in books:
Hunting deer and wild boar (very popular with the nobility, also called "stag hunting" or "the chase");
Hunting using hawks (hawking, falconry);
plays and the theater;
bear-baiting (turning a pack of dogs loose on a bear chained to a post);
going to the pub (always popular!);
bowling (a bit different from modern American-style bowling alleys);
ball games of various kinds, including an early form of football or soccer;
simple picnics and rides in the country.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started. I'm sure other people will offer more!

February 27, 2009 7:30 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

For entertainment, you could look into court masques, the growth of theaters... things along those lines.

Of course there is a lot of territory for talking about music of the period as well - Tallis and Byrd (and others, but those are some of the big ones).

February 28, 2009 9:55 PM  

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