Tennis: A Cultural History

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Leicester University Press, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 452 pages
The cover painting shows an 18th-century Italian game of tennis, and the opening chapter is intriguingly subtitled "Tennis and the Devil." Gillmeister (linguistics, U. of Bonn) provides a sociohistorical survey of this popular sport. Illustrations and photos as well as commentary trace the game from its origins as "the monk's racket" --an attenuated medieval form of football--, through Renaissance literary references to it, to its evolution as lawn tennis in America and Europe. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Gillmeister (medieval English, Univ. of Bonn) essentially divides this well-researched history of tennis into three time periods: tennis from the Middle Ages in England and France, the same countries ... Read full review


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Heiner Gillmeister is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bonn and is a world authority on the history of ball games.

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