Body and Mind: Sport in Europe from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance

Body and Mind: Sport in Europe from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance

Hardback Sport in the Global Society

By (author) John McClelland, Other adaptation by Boria Majumdar, Other adaptation by J. A. Mangan


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  • Publisher: Frank Cass Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 300mm x 191mm | 9,163g
  • Publication date: 13 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0714653578
  • ISBN 13: 9780714653570
  • Illustrations note: 14 black & white illustrations, 10 black & white halftones, 4 black & white line drawings

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Addressing a gap in the literature to link the physical culture of the ancient world with the beginnings of modern sport, this book traces the history of the evolution of a variety of sports, games and physical education from 450-1650AD across Western Europe. These practices evolved over time as part of a natural process of selection and, more spectacularly, as effects of external factors both social and technological. They also evolved within a wide historical and cultural framework, itself constantly shifting as Europe slowly reconstituted itself after the disintegration of the Roman Empire, and so the book also takes in the changing nature of geopolitical structures, educational systems, religious institutions and the practice of warfare and medicine. The book traces the disappearance of ancient physical culture with its gymnasia, gladiators and chariot races, the invention of a new physical culture based on chivalry around 1000AD, the transformation of that culture in the Renaissance, and its disappearance around 1650 under the influences of new science.

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University of Toronto, Canada Formerly at the University of Strathclyde, UK La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Table of contents

1. Timelines, Historiography, Definitions 2. Sport in the Forgotten Centuries (1): The Primary Sources to 600 AD 3. Sport in the Forgotten Centuries (2): The Primary Sources 600--1700 4. The Sports, the Athletes, the Material Setting 5. Tourneying and Jousting 6. Sport in the Service of the Res Publica 7. Athletics within the Social Fabric 8. Epilogue: From the Renaissance into the Age of Science and Reason Bibliography Index