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In 'Of Nobilitye' Oxford professor of divinity Lawrence Humphrey differentiated between sports which were appropriate for the nobility to engage in and those which were not. This differentiation is discussed as are the social functions which early modern writers assigned to sports along with the hesitancy of modern historians to recognize Humphrey's and others' differentiation.
this entertaining little book takes a historical event, The First Ever Olimpick Games, and looks at what it reveals about life in England in the seventeenth century: the history, monarchy, religion and politics. In a delightful manner, Celia Haddon tells the story of an incongruous mix: a Cotswold field and the Olympic Games and so brings history to life in a direct, readable and enjoyable way. The founder of the games, Robert Dover, was a lawyer and 'the Great Inventor and Champion of English Olimpicks'.