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A Cultural History of Sport in the Renaissance

Alessandro Arcangeli

A Cultural History of Sport in the Renaissance covers the period 1450 to 1650. Outwardly, Renaissance sports resembled their medieval forebears, but the incorporation of athletics into the educational curriculum signalled a change. As part of the scientific revolution, sport now became the object of intellectual analysis. Numerous books were written on the medical benefits of sport and on the best way to joust, fence, train horses and ride, play ball games, swim, practice archery, wrestle, or become an acrobat. Sport became the visible sign of the mind's control over the physical body, such control often becoming an end in itself with some sports shaped more by decorum than exercise.

The 6 volume set of the Cultural History of Sport presents the first comprehensive history from classical antiquity to today, covering all forms and aspects of sport and its ever-changing social, cultural, political, and economic context and impact. The themes covered in each volume are the purpose of sport; sporting time and sporting space; products, training and technology; rules and order; conflict and accommodation; inclusion, exclusion and segregation; minds, bodies and identities; representation.

Alessandro Arcangeli is Associate Professor at the University of Verona, Italy.
Volume 3 in the Cultural History of Sport set
General Editors: Wray Vamplew, Mark Dyreson, and John McClelland

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Jul 25th, 2024
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.61in - 6.65in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781350461017
  • Categories: Social HistoryAnthropology - Cultural & SocialHistory

About the Author

Arcangeli, Alessandro: - Alessandro Arcangeli teaches early modern, Renaissance and cultural history at the University of Verona. He is the author of a reference book on historiography and method (Cultural History: A Concise Introduction, London 2012) and of specialist studies of attitudes towards dance (with particular emphasis on cultural exchange) and play (Recreation in the Renaissance, Basingstoke 2003). Passions and dreams offered some of his recent research topics. He is co-editor of collective volumes (including A Cultural History of Memory in the Early Modern Age, with M. Tamm) and book series (among others, "Cultures of Play", Amsterdam), as well as member of editorial boards (such as that of the journal Ludica).
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