book of sports

Related Overviews



James I (1566—1625) king of Scotland, England, and Ireland


See all related overviews in Oxford Index » »


'book of sports' can also refer to...


More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Christianity
  • British History


Quick Reference

Sunday, the one non‐working day in the week, was traditionally a time for recreation, but puritan clergy, equating it with the sabbath, kept it ‘holy’ by banning customary pastimes. This threatened to alienate public sentiment from the established church. In 1618, therefore, James I issued a declaration asserting the right of all persons to engage in ‘lawful recreation’ on Sundays after divine service. Charles I reissued this ‘book of sports’ in 1633.

Subjects: Christianity — British History.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »