Peter Borsay

in The English Urban Renaissance

Published in print April 1991 | ISBN: 9780198202554
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191675409 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Social History


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This chapter discusses a popular physical recreation: sports. Several sports became popular during the Renaissance. Bat and ball sports, animal sports, and horse-racing all gained popularity during this time. One of the most popular sports during the 17th and early 18th centuries was bowling. Several bowling-green houses were built and could be found in almost every city. Animal sports also became a popular leisure for gentlemen during this period. Cock-fighting grew in popularity also during this time. Aside from cock-fighting, horse-racing gained its popularity primarily as an animal sport for the elites and aristocrats. Indeed, horse-racing was the most rapidly developing and commercially oriented physical recreation during the 18th century.

Keywords: physical recreation; sports; ball sports; animal sports; horse-racing; recreation; cock-fighting; bowling

Chapter.  10064 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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