Two Medieval Games & What They Say About Society
Part of the ACMRS Scholar Series
Presented by Malcolm Comeaux
Professor Emeritus, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, ASU
Free and open to the public
In the painting Kinderspiel ("Children's Games"), the 1560 painting by Peter Bruegel the Elder chronicles about 80 different games that were played at that time. There is some controversy as to the games played, but the speaker will discuss two in particular that he played on the prairies of southwest Louisiana in the late 1940s and early 1950s. They were violent games that caused pain, and generally they are not played today and survive mostly in the memories of older men. These two games, however, reflect life and values in the mid-1500s, and how they are different from contemporary values.