As written earlier, the game of mail originated from Italy and crossed the French border around 1550. The game caught on quite well especially with aristocracy and bourgeois. All over the country mail alleys, both private and public, were constructed.
The interest in the game outside France remained rather limited, although in most European countries mail alleys were constructed between 1600 and 1700. This contribution is the first part about the mail game in the Netherlands. Click here to read the introduction to how and where the game was played..