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Sport and Culture in Early Modern Europe - Le Sport dans la Civilisation de l'Europe Pré-Moderne
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Despite their importance to Baldassare Castiglione
and Sir Thomas Elyot, the athletic games of early
modern Europe have traditionally received little
attention from academics. At the beginning of the
twentieth century, a few writers of an antiquarian
bent (J.-J. Jusserand, William Heywood, and Christina
Hole) published trade books that surveyed the subject,
but only since 1980 have scholarly studies been
devoted to knightly tournaments, Renaissance ball
games, and the set of physical sports and recreations
that were intrinsic to the lifestyle of the courtier and
the upwardly mobile bourgeoisie. This volume deals
with a wide range of sports from the thirteenth
through the seventeenth century. The articles show
that early modern sports were not isolated, discrete
pursuits, but rather, thoroughly integrated into the
social, intellectual, religious, technological, and literary
frameworks of their time.
John McClelland is Professor Emeritus of French Literature
at the University of Toronto and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Centre
for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. He also taught the history of sport
in the Faculty of Physical Education and Health and is the author of Body
and Mind: Sport in Europe from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance (2007).
Brian Merrilees is Professor Emeritus of French at the
University of Toronto and a specialist in Anglo-Norman language and literature
and in medieval French lexicography. He is the editor of three editions of
the Voyage de saint Brendan, the Dictionarius
de Firmin Le Ver and of a number
of other texts. Since 2002 he has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
John Mclleland, "Introduction: 'Sport' in Early Modern Europe"
- Alessandra Rizzi, "Regulated Play at the End of the Middle Ages: the
Work of Mendicant Preachers in Communal Italy"
- Uriel Simri, " The Contribution of the Responsum of Rabbi Moses
to the History of the Game of Tennis"
- Hugh M. Lee, " The Influence of Mercurialis’ De
arte gymnastica on the Study of Greek Athletics"
- Brenda Dunn-Lardeau, " Régime d’exercices et sexualité des
citoyens ordinaires selon Platina (XVe s.)"
- Greg Malszecki, "The Armoured Body: Knightly Training and Techniques
for Combative Sports in the High Middle Ages"
- Marie Madeleine Fontaine, " L’athlète et l’homme
moyen: le nouveau regard de la Renaissance"
- Joachim Rühl, " A Treasure-Trove: One of the Four Originals
of the Tournament Regulations of Heilbronn"
- Michael Flannery (with Brian Merrilees and John McClelland), " The
Rules for Playing Pall-mall (c. 1655)"
- Daniela Boccassini, " Chasse et fauconnerie du Moyen Age à la
Renaissance: les recueils cynégétiques française"
- Bert Hall, " Firearms and Sports: Hunting"
- Serge Vaucelle, " L’éducation corporelle des aristocrates
français à l’âge
classique: la place des traits didactiques"
- Dylan Reid, " Enfants de la ville: Bourgeois Horsemanship and Combat
Games in French Royal Entries"
- Paul F. Grendler, " Fencing, Playing Ball, and Dancing in Italian
- Georges Vigarello, "Jeux populaires: les paris et les prix dans
la France classique"
- Kazuhiko Kusudo, " P. H. Mair (1515–1579): A Sports Chronicler
- Jean-Michel Mehl, " La soule médiévale: essai d’interprétation"
- Heiner Gillmeister, "What Literary Works Can Tell Us about Sports and
Games: A Fifteenth-Century Example"
- Sandra Schmidt, "Trois dialogues de l’exercice de sauter
et voltiger en l’air:
Strategies of Ennoblement of a Bodily Practice in the Sixteenth Century"
- Yvan Morin, " Conceptions du movement, de l’exercice, du jeu
et du sport: de Marsile Ficin jusqu’au vingtième siècle"
- Arnd Krüger, " Swimming and the Emergence of Modern Spirit"