hist-games: Outdoor games

u.schaedler at museedujeu.com u.schaedler at museedujeu.com
Mon Mar 3 08:25:55 PST 2008

Concerning medieval outdoor games in northern Europe a fine source is of
course Brueghel's painting in Vienna with the children's games. Even if it's
a little later than "medieval", most of the games have existed long before
and some do so still today. There are of course some publications with
explanations of the games represented, such as:

JEANNETTE HILLS Das Kinderspielbild von Pieter Bruegel d. Ä.(1560) eine
volkskundliche Untersuchung. Mit den Beiträgen: Die volkskundliche
Erschließung der Bilder Pieter Bruegels in Österreich von Leopold Schmidt.
Zur kulturwissenschaftlich-volkskundlichen Bruegel-Forschung. Ein Nachtrag
von Klaus Beitl 2.Auflage, Wien 1998;(Erstauflage Wien 1957).

Ulrich Schädler

Swiss Museum of Games


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In a message dated 3/3/2008 6:30:21 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
piotr.adamczyk at muzeum.elblag.pl writes:

>>I am searching for any kind of information about early medieval outdoor
games: played by children, warriors, womens etc. I am esp. interrested in
Viking and hanzeatic era.<<

If I may be so bold, my book Sports and Games of Medieval Cultures includes
a number of outdoor games from Northern Europe. Part of the difficulty in
planning for a festival or other event is that many of these games are still
played today, so that they don't feel exotic: tag, hopscotch (which Roman
soldiers reportedly played with the hopper carrying a fellow on his back),
prisoner's base, boules, quilles, quoits, drop the handkerchief, round the
village, arch-and-trap ("London Bridge"), salt posts, shuttlecock - all
period, and all still seen in every school play yard. Less common today
would be tilting, hoop-rolling, and top races. Many modern children (and
their parents) have never played at marbles. Hoodman's blind would feel
"period" but may not pass modern queasiness around encouraging children to
buffet one another.
If any of the above are obscure, feel free to write and I'll send along more
details off-list.
Sally Wilkins
Sports and Games in Medieval Cultures
Greenwood Press


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