The Role Of Sports In The Elizabethan Era

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Sports during the Elizabethan Era
The popularity of Elizabethan sports began to grow tremendously within the rule of Queen Elizabeth. Most of the sports were dangerous and violent. Many people would get hurt competing in the sports. They were all taken very seriously and that led to heavy gambling. Even though Elizabethan sports were dangerous and life threatening, it was a huge part of the entertainment industry during the Elizabethan era. During the Elizabethan era there was a variety of sports played and created. Including fencing, jousting, hunting, and archery. In fencing, contestants required great skills with the sword. “To fence effectively it took time, practice and effort”. The process of being able to fence was quite complicated. First, one starts as a ‘Page’ the age would range from seven to fourteen years old. Then, one would be promoted to a ‘Squire’ the ages would range from fourteen to twenty one. Finally, after almost 14 years of training they are then
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Hunting helped provide training for warfare because of the skill acquired by participating in the sport. Such as, tracking skills, weapon usage, horsemanship, and courage. Men and women participated. But, there were different kinds of hunts that would be more accustomed to both genders. “The 'At Force' and 'Bow and Stable'. Force Hunts were the physically tiring of both. The At Force hunts were mainly for fit, young and active men. The Bow and Stable Hunts was the less physically tiring of both forms of hunting. The 'Bow and Stable' hunts were meant for women or less active men.” Finally, archery at the time was used for warfare and was encouraged by specific laws designed to keep the longbow. Which was the great advantage of the English army. By law every male between seventeen and sixty were required to maintain a bow and practice regularly. As you can tell, the English enjoyed sports that were full of action and

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