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Elizabethan Era Sports

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Jacky Wong

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The Elizabethan Era Sports Archery Sports in the Elizabethan Era Archery
Chess
Fencing
Hawking
Jousting Archery was a common sport in this time period for passing time and also for hunting game. Fencing Fencing in Elizabethan time was a bit different than today. Today there are more safety regulations, and the weapons are blunt tipped now instead of an actual sword Chess Chess was the most prestigious table game that was played in this time. The rules are about the same as today, and unlike other table games, chess did not normally involve betting. Hawking Jousting Hawking was a sport mainly for the wealthy, mainly because you had to catch a wild hawk, and then train it to attack certain things on your command The owners would also sow a string to the hawks eye lid and used a string to open and close the hawks eye lid Jacky Wong
Joe Arduini Elizabethan Sports Skill in Fencing during the Elizabethan era was a requirement of all Upper class Nobility. The elegant rapier was used in preference to the older, clumsier cutting swords. New fencing techniques were introduced by the Elizabethan fencing masters. Sword play was no longer simply dependent on brute strength. During the hunting, there were two different ways. One was the ancient and difficult sport of falconry in which trained falcons were sent after the prey. However, guns were increasingly used instead. Elizabethan Entertainment was extremely important to people who lived in the Elizabethan era. The lives of Elizabethans were hard, the mortality rate was high due to frequent outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague and life expectation was low. Elizabethan entertainment was popular whenever there was something to celebrate! A betrothal, wedding, victories and festivals. Court entertainment was regular, often a nightly occurrence combined with feasts, jousts and banquets often accompanied by music and dancing. But the poor people enjoyed entertainment from acting troupes, tournaments, dancing, trained animals, mummers (dancers), mystery plays, jugglers and strolling players. Tournaments, Games, Sports, Gaming and Gambling also played an important part in Elizabethan entertainment. Shakespeare seems to have been intimately acquainted with the numerous terms connected with archery, many of which we find scattered throughout his plays. Thus, in "Love's Labour's Lost " (iv. i), Maria uses the expression, "Wide o' the bow hand," a term which signified a good deal to the left of the mark. Elizabethan chess was also played by the characters in the play King John. Records say that Queen Elizabeth herself loved playing the game of chess. Chess during Elizabethan England was popular amongst the masses also. Therefore, it was not looked upon as a game of the elite. Everyone played chess during Elizabethan England. The Elizabethans were truly fascinated by the game of chess, so much so that the greatest dramatis of all times, Shakespeare included this game in his plays. The Game Of Chess Was Popularized By Shakespeare. Two more sports were fencing and hawking. Fencing was one of the most popular sports in the Elizabethan era. Sword fighting is a version of fencing. A major highlight of fencing was betting on the games. People would bet on how many times they thought a player would hit their opponent. Citation "ELIZABETHAN ERA." ELIZABETHAN ERA. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. <http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/>. Elizabethan Popular Culture. Milwaukee: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002. Print.
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