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Games and Hobbies of the ELizabethan era

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Aayush Sahai

on 4 February 2014

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Transcript of Games and Hobbies of the ELizabethan era

Games and Hobbies
By Aayush Sahai and Eugene Lam
Games and sports have always been popular, for example in the twenty-first century, video games are enjoyed by millions of people and football, also known as soccer is at its peak of popularity. It was the same case in the Elizabethan era, though video games were not even close to being created.
Every single person has had their own hobby from the beginning of mankind until now. A hobby is an activity a person likes to do. In the Elizabethan era hobbies ranged from watching numerous kinds of blood sports to singing and dancing.
Blood Sports

During the Elizabethan times, people had various hobbies and played many games. From the dramatic theater to the exhilarating bear-baiting, and from the slow-paced croquette to thrilling fencing. Remarkably, some of these games and hobbies still exist.
Bull Running
Favorite pass-time of people in the Elizabethan era
Early in the era, plays were performed in inn-yards
Due to the popularity of plays, dedicated playhouses
were established
Bull/Bear baiting
Contest where trained Old English Bulldogs attacked bears or bulls
The animal was tied to a stake with an iron ring around it's legs or neck
Dogs would be released one by one
A dog would be replaced once it was injured or died
Cock fighting
Roosters were equipped with sharp blades and placed in a cock pit to fight to the death
Chess was well spread across Europe by 1400 AD
The king, rook and knight moved the same as modern chess, but the pawn moved one square at the beginning of the game
Earliest record originated from Ireland
Two to ten players to enter the game
Each player is dealt five cards
All players have to bet an even amount to enter
Objective of the game is to win either three or five "tricks" or to prevent another player from doing so
The winner of the tricks wins all the money
The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of the dice
A player wins by removing all of his pieces from the board before opponent
With each roll of the dice, players must choose from numerous options for moving their checkers
The game is often played in matches because each individual game is short
Victory is awarded to the first player that reaches a certain amount of points
It was the duty of a knight was to learn how to fight
Fencing was mainly for the upper class of society
They used dueling swords, fencing swords, and canes
Spectators bet on different fencers for the number of times they hit the other, or won
Showed off a man's bravery and agility
Hats were thrown at a bull ,that was enclosed in a cage or chained to the ground, until it got agitated
The bull was then released, once released, the bull would run madly at the crowd
The men would chase, dodge and block the bull, and would even set dogs after it
Dances changed with every level of the social structure
Court dancers were enjoyed by the upper class
The lower class performed and enjoyed traditional country dances
New types of instruments like the viol (violin) and hautboy (oboe) produced sounds better than before
Working class sung while doing labor
Higher class listened to court musicians
Minstrels roamed the streets singing
Mainly for the nobles and upper class members
Both men and women hunted
2 types of hunts, 'At Force' and the 'Bow and Stable'
At Force
For younger, more active and fitter men
Men arranged themselves into teams
With dogs and men on horseback
Bow and Stable
For women or less active men
On horseback with a bow
Used dogs
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