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James mostly chides the Puritans and says most activities are ok, though he does ban bear-baiting.
Tennis was popular for the upper classes. As were horse-racing, billiards. The 17th century actually appears to be when cricket started to come into existence. Tilts or jousts were still popular in the Jacobean period, but were going out of fashion.
wouksn't the coliseum count as a spectator event with some degree of paid athletes?
Caution: the Donahue assassination theory (linked by the DA in #255) is very well-presented in Bonar Menninger's book Mortal Error – but it is, to put it mildly, incredible.
:-D Incredible as in "unworthy of belief."
wouldn't the coliseum count as a spectator event with some degree of paid athletes?
I've always wondered this and I can't seem to get an answer, maybe someone here does. Why are some of these grand slams set up so that Rafa, the 2 seed, is away from both Djokovic and Federer until the finals? US Open last year, 1 plays 3 in the semis, 2 plays 4. Same thing at the French this year. I guess it's less of an issue this year at the French since Rafa should be the #1, but still, why does it change? Sometimes it's set up for 1 to play 4, 2 to play 3, and sometimes not.
What type of sports did they have in the 17th century?
The Barber of Seville
It's a little Roman sculpture of an acrobat balancing on the back of a crocodile.
(BTW, Digby is a great epitome of late Renaissance swagger, industry, intellect, and weirdness. The Wikipedia article on him touches on what a wild and varied career he had, but it goes well beyond that. He wasn't a very nice man, but he was an endlessly entertaining one.)
If there's a book with lots of mini-biographies of such interesting characters, I would read that book. Or Greg UK should write it.
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