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The First Ever English Olimpick Games

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The First Ever English Olimpick Games

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The First Ever English Olimpick Games by Celia Haddon
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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! 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 I 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 II 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.

Author Biography

Celia Haddon is a best-selling anthologist whose books have sold well over 1,000,000 copies worldwide. She is currently the Daily Telegraph's agony aunt for pets and is a famous lover and worshipper of cats, having lived with them and loved them since she was a child. She has compiled a number of anthologies in their honour. She is also compiler of the best-selling ONE HUNDRED WAYS... range and her cat titles in that range have all been best sellers.
Release date NZ
August 15th, 2005
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Pages
192
Dimensions
126x176x14
ISBN-13
9780340862834
Product ID
1694637

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