The History of Card Games

The History of Card Games

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This book is an historical guide to all card games played in Europe and the Western world, surveying the origins and evolution of all the games you have heard of - and many that you have not. David Parlett explains where the games come from, how they have developed, how their popularity has changed and by whom they were or are played, their rituals and etiquette, why cards are designed as they are, and how the games interrelate. Some unusual games are described for the first time, while strange new light is cast on even the best-known games, such as bridge, poker, cribbage, and knockout whist. The author explodes many of the myths that have grown up about card games: that they are synonymous with gambling; that they are rooted in fortune telling; that they were introduced to Europe by Marco Polo, or gypsies, or crusaders; that the earliest cards were Tarots; or that all card games have unalterable official rules. In fact, one of his main contentions is that most card games are folk games, with informality being a large part of their appeal, and that local variability is the hallmark of a truly living more

Product details

  • Paperback | 373 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16pp colour plates, 8pp b&w illustrations, index
  • 019282905X
  • 9780192829054

About David Parlett

About the Author David Parlett is one of the world's leading authorities on games. He is the author of many books on card and word games, the inventor of several board games, including Hare and Tortoise, which has been published in ten languages, and an adviser to film and television companies as well as computer firms producing card-playing more

Table of contents

Players please; what's in a game?; a joke of cards; a good deal of history; Hoyle on troubled waters; happy families; betting and banking; vying and bragging; bluffing and poking; matching and cribbing; gone fishin'; the realm of rum; the patient pursuit; simple tricksters; five fingers make a hand; from hombre to solo; from whist to bridge; tarot games; primitive pointers; ace 11, ten 10; marriage lines; lonely hearts; flights of more

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