Recreation in the Renaissance : Attitudes Towards Leisure and Pastimes in European Culture, 1350-1700 (Early Modern History)
Alessandro ArcangeliISBN: 0333984536;
Book Description 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. This 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; legaltreatises on gambling; and the visual representation of leisure.
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