Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fair Play

What did the simple folk do for recreation in the Middle Ages?  
And what did they wear?

Sports clothes and team uniforms had not been invented yet, so they made do with the fashions of the times for an afternoon of ice-skating, bearbaiting, tennis, ninepins, a  lawn game with mallets that was either cricket or croquet, and blindman's bluff - a favorite with adults as well as children.

Indoors they indulged in a round of cards, backgammon, chess or dicing, although local authorities frowned on gambling.

In Portugal, the penalty for cheating in any game or playing with dishonest dice was death.  By the fifteenth century the penalty was reduced to flogging, exile, or payment of a fine.