What did they do for fun?
When there wasn’t a huge celebration, or entertainments going on, nobles still did things for fun, just like we do. Has your power ever gone out? What did you do for fun? Believe it or not, what they did for fun is a lot like what we do today for fun, without the technology and electricity.
Here’s a list of some things they might do:
- Read quietly or aloud
- Write – poetry, theology, philosophy
- Art – painting, drawing, sculpting
- Sewing – tapestries, embroidery
- Music – playing, singing, listening, dancing
- Gardening (flowers, herbs, picking fruit and berries)
- Horseback riding
- Mock fights (men – unless you have a feisty woman J)
- Hunting – there were a lot of types of hunting. Hunting was done on horseback with either/both hounds and hawks (falcons too). They would hunt deer (stag), wild boar, fox, and any other wild animal that caught their fancy. Women hunted too. Hunting was a dangerous and exhilarating sport. If you recall, Henry VIII injured his leg quite badly in a fall while hunting.
- Playing cards (triomphe, piquet, vingt-et-un)
- Playing board games (chess, checkers, draughts, dice, backgammon, tabula)
- Watch or participate in a play
- Outdoor games: Bocce, Bowling games, Tennis, In France/Italy a form of football was played called la Soule
- Bobbing for apples
- Treasure hunts
- Christmas Game – “King of the Bean” a bean was baked into a bread or cake, whoever found it was king of the holiday feast
- Riddling – making up riddles people had to figure out (popular among knights as well—kept their wits sharp which was just as important as keeping their bodies in shape.)
- Blind Man’s Bluff
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