In this week's Claire Chats I talk about outdoor games and pursuits enjoyed by Tudor people, including stool ball, quoits and Last Couple in Hell.
Further Reading and Links
- http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/sportshakespeare.html and http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/sportshakespeare2.html - Sports and Pastimes in Popular Use in Shakespeare's Day
- https://archive.org/details/sportspastimesof00struuoft – Joseph Strutt's The sports and pastimes of the people of England
- http://curtc.net/thegame/index.php - Real Tennis rules from Cambridge University Real Tennis Club.
- http://www.lscacamp.org/portals/0/medieval%20games%20and%20recreation.pdf - Medieval Games and Recreation.
Here's a video about Henry VIII and Real Tennis:
and a video of a real tennis match being played at the Cambridge Real Tennis Club:
Here is the image I shared in the video:
I would love the chance to play real tennis – it’s always looked so much fun (and not so strenuous the way the chaps play in the doubles match above!).