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Title: THE FIRST EVER ENGLISH OLIMPICK GAMES
By: Celia Haddon
Format: Paperback

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ISBN 10: 0340862831
ISBN 13: 9780340862834
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Publisher: HODDER & STOUGHTON GENERAL DIVISION
Pub. date: 15 August, 2005
Pages: 192
Description: This beautifully presented paperback reveals the astonishing fact that the first English Olimpick Games took place in the reign of James I on a Cotsworld hillside!
Synopsis: Quirky and funny, while also being a serious account, this entertaining little paperback takes a historical event, THE FIRST EVER OLIMPICK GAMES, and looks at what it reveals about life in England in the seventeenth century: the history, monarchy, religion and politics. In a delightful manner, Celia Haddon tells the story of an incongruous mix: a Cotswold field and the Olympic Games and so brings history to life in a direct, readable and enjoyable way.The founder of the games, Robert Dover, was a lawyer and 'the Great Inventor and Champion of English Olimpicks'. He had the support of James l who had himself written about suitable, manly sport, partly in answer to the Puritans who thought all games led to sin and sex. From the start Dover's games were a political, as well as a sporting, statement.The Civil War put an end to the games. They were revived by Charles ll and continued into the 19th century when a Victorian Puritan vicar put an end to them on the grounds of licentious behaviour. Today they are still held - but as a shadow of their former glory.
Illustrations: Illustrations
Publication: UK
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Returns: Returnable
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