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1. Occasions and prevalence

Contests to measure physical skill, along with sports, which are essentially characterized by such contests, were found throughout Europe during the entire early modern period. Contests were occasioned by political celebrations and courtly tournaments, which usually combined several contests, along with patronal festivals, consecrations of churches, carnivals, and fairs (Fair, annual). Contests were…

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Mallinckrodt, Rebekka von, “Contest”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030333>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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