Tennis:Cultural History

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A&C Black, Oct 1, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 452 pages
"A definitive account of tennis a splayed from the Middle Ages to the present... will sate the curiosity of the most avid tennis enthusiast." --Publishers Weekly"Well Researched... [Gillmeister] keeps a light tone even when vilifying minute details like the physical layout of Henry V's tennis court." --Library Journal"Extraordinary" --The Economist" . . . the book is exemplary, and the scholarship particularly of the first five chapters sets a high standard for the history of any sport." -- American Studies InternationalThe first comprehensive history of tennis, Henry Gillmeister'sTennismay also be considered the first truly scholarly history of any individual sport.Supported by a startling wealth of linguistic and documentary research, Gillmeister charts the global evolution of tennis from its origins in the early Middle Ages to the appearance of the modern game in the twentieth century. Along the way, he debunks several firmly established myths about the history of the game, including those surrounding the invention of the Davis Cup. Rare photographs and never before published medieval and renaissance drawings generously adorn the text, and a treasure trove of bibliographical information provides its coda.A delight for the sports fan and the scholar alike, Tenniswill prove the athorative text on tennis for years to come.

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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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History of tennis flows with clarity and is supported by documentation. Detailed description goes with pictured narration and keeps the interest during reading. It is a book that can be easily read from people who are not necessary involved with tennis game and from those that English is not their mother's tongue. Very good work.  


the monks racket
2 The tennis games of the Middle Ages
3 The language of tennis
4 Tennis in Renaissance literature
5 Tennis in the German ballhouse
the sturdy bastard
7 Lawn tennis in America
lawn tennis in France
9 Lawn tennis under the Kaiser
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