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England's Revelry: A History of Popular Sports and Pastimes, 1660-1830

Emma Griffin


This study looks at the relationship between popular recreations and the spaces in which they took place, and in doing so it provides a history of how England enjoyed itself during the long eighteenth century. Because the poor lacked land of their own, public spaces were needed for their sports and pastimes. Such recreations included: parish wakes and feasts; civic fairs and celebrations; football, cricket and other athletic sports; bull- and bear-baiting; and the annual celebrations of Shrove Tuesday and Guy Fawkes. Three case studies form the core of this book, each looking at the recreation ... More

Keywords: recreation, England, eighteenth century, the poor, public spaces, sports, pastimes, parish wakes, parish feasts, civic fairs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263211
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Griffin, author
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University