Recreation in the Renaissance: Attitudes Towards Leisure and Pastimes in European Culture, c.1425-1675 - Early Modern History: Society and Culture (Hardback)
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Recreation in the Renaissance: Attitudes Towards Leisure and Pastimes in European Culture, c.1425-1675 - Early Modern History: Society and Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 188 Pages / Published: 18/12/2003
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In Renaissance Europe, when 'leisure classes' used social gathering to define civility and the commercialization of leisure was beginning, the human need for recreation became a cultural topos. The book explores the vocabulary of play and games; the spectrum of leisure activities, often gender-specific or appropriate to particular social groups; the medical discourse on the preservation of health, where amusements were assessed as physical exercise; the moral approach to play; legal treatises on gambling; and the visual representation of leisure.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780333984536
Number of pages: 188
Weight: 405 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An original, learned, lucid and accessible study that should be essential reading for students of the history of sport, leisure and the Renaissance.' - Professor Peter Burke, University of Cambridge

'In this elegant and wide-ranging book, Alessandro Arcangeli sets medical exercise among other types of recreation discussed by European writers during the long Renaissance.' - Vivian Nutton, Medical History

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