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Ball Games

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Author(s): Jörg Sonntag
The spectrum of medieval ball games is immense; they were played at court, in towns, cities, and the countryside, in indoor courts, cloisters, or nurseries. A few games like polo, which was prized at …
Date: 2016-08-09

Games and Entertainment

(454 words)

Author(s): Jörg Sonntag
If we turn our analytic attention to the medieval spil, its terminology is revealed as a semantic prism with extremely diverse connections, of which today's German Spiel (play, game) denotes, at best, a peripheral aspect. The …
Date: 2016-08-09

Board Games

(866 words)

Author(s): Jörg Sonntag
The Carmina Burana and later the Codex Manesse repeatedly depict people playing board games. Besides checkers and nine men's morris, which was popular among all classes and is documented in Europe in …
Date: 2016-08-09

The Monastic Context

(4,600 words)

Author(s): Jörg Sonntag
The monastic context is not defined by geographical topographies or by putatively cultural or social antonyms of town, countryside, or court. Monasteries and convents are found on isolated mountains, …
Date: 2016-08-09