Two Medieval Games and What They Say About Society
Lecture by Malcolm Comeaux
Given at Arizona State University on September 28, 2016
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.