hist-games: Long Laurence

reid robert reidrobert7 at yahoo.fr
Mon May 14 05:21:55 PDT 2007


Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary (c. 1895)
also has an entry. Lawrence or Laurence was
traditionally used with a preceding epithet -
typically 'lazy' but also 'long' - to characterise a
lazy individual, supposedly because St Laurence asked
to be turned over on his gridiron, being too lazy to
do so himself. According to most sources he was
tortured in this way to make him divulge where he had
hidden the Church's wealth. I suppose both of these
motifs - the turning over and the wealth - come
together in the long die used in the game, but none of
this explains how or where the game itself originated!
(Somewhere where they appreciated dark humour, I
imagine!)

Best,

Robert.
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> Date: Sun, 13 May 2007 17:44:51 +0100
> From: "Jon at Gothic Green Oak"
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> Thanks for this, I know of Willughby's Book but must
> get a copy now. I still wonder though if it has an
> earlier date than the mid 17th C. I can't imagine a
> gambling die being named after a Catholic saint in
> puritan England ! Perhaps it has it's origins in
> Mainland Europe?
> 
> jon
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>   ----- Original Message ----- 
>   From: reid robert 
>   To: hist-games at www.pbm.com 
>   Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2007 7:02 PM
>   Subject: hist-games: Long Laurence
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>   Willughby described it in the mid-seventeenth
> century: Francis Willughby's Book of Games, ed.
> David Cram et al., Ashgate, Aldershot, 2003,  p.
> 127.
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>   Best,
> 
>   Robert.
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