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STOOL-BALL REVIVED IN SUSSEX AND BROADSWORD AND RAPIER PLAY AT THE PORTSMOUTH TATTOO

STOOL-BALL REVIVED IN SUSSEX AND BROADSWORD AND RAPIER PLAY AT THE PORTSMOUTH TATTOO

Stool-ball (top left) can be traced back to 1450 and can be played on ground where cricket would be impossible, since the ball is bowled “full pitch”. This is a match between "Sussex Downsmen" and the "Men of Sussex" at Chailey. The art of fence developed from the simple, who had only their swords for defence. Broadsword and buckler play (bottom) was the typical English method under the early Tudors, but in Elizabethan times the long rapier was introduced from the Continent and the dagger was substituted for the buckler.

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