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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.

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