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At Oxford, Women's Shrovetide Customs Include Stooleball

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Females
Game Stoolball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"In the early seventeenth century, an Oxford fellow, Thomas Crosfield, noted the customs of Shrovetide as '1. frittering. 2. throwing at cocks. 3. playing at stooleball in ye Citty by women & footeball by men.'" Shrovetide was the Monday and Tuesday [that Tuesday being Mardi Gras in some quarter] preceding Ash Wednesday and the onset of Lent.



Griffin, Emma, "Popular Recreation and the Significance of Space," (publication unknown), page 36.

The original source is shown as the Crosfield Diary entry for March 1, 1633, page 63. Thanks to John Thorn for supplementing a draft of this entry. One citation for the diary is F. S. Boas, editor, The Diary of Thomas Crosfield (Oxford University Press, London, 1935).

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Can we find and inspect the 1935 Boas edition of the diary?

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Submitted by Anita Broad
Submission Note confirming email of 6/5/2014


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