The games on this page cover the era known as the early modern period (1600 - 1800) through to the end of the Industrial revolution (1750 - 1850). Thus the Stuart (1603 - 1714) and Georgian (1714 - 1830) periods are encompassed.
Encompassing the Napoleonic era in France and the Gothic style, some of the famous historical figures who might have played these games include writers Henry Fielding, Mary Shelley, Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters, poets William Wordsworth, William Blake, John Keats, Lord Byron and Robert Burns, painters J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, architect John Nash and landscape designer Capability Brown.
In general these more physical games would have been played by men - most of them would have been considered unseemly for a lady.
A lot of Gambling, much of it not entirely legal went on during this period. Great sums were wagered and in some cases old wealthy families lost their entire estate and fortune in a single night.
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