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We wish you a Happy New Year

Geert & Sara Nijs, authors of the trilogy “Games for Kings & Commoners”,
now researching Jeu de mail



Amateurs of the history of golf not only like to read – and sometimes like to write – about golf’s history but they also like to collect all kind of material which is related to its history.
Collectors often like to include in their golf collection artefacts of the continental golf-like games of colf, crosse and mail. Alas, knowledge of such equipment with auctioneers, antique dealers and collectors themselves is rather limited.
More information about such continental artefacts you’ll find here.

We wish you all a healthy 2015!

Mehr als 50 Millionen Sportler spielen Golf in allen Erdteilen. Damit ist Golf eine der populärsten Sportarten der Welt.
Es ist sehr interessant zu sehen, dass seit Jahrhunderten in vielen Teilen Europas Golf-ähnliche Spiele betrieben werden wie Jeu de crosse, Knurr und spell, Nipsy, Rebatta, Fiolet und Hornussen.
In der Region Graubünden spielt man seit dem Mittelalter das rätoromanische „Gieu da Mazzas“ oder Mazzaschlagen, wie wir kürzlich erfahren haben. In diesem Spiel wird eine Kugel mit einer Keule vorwärts geschlagen. Die Kugel wird nicht von der Erde, sondern hochgeworfen und aus der Luft geschlagen. Nach dem Spielgedanken hat diejenige Partei, die mit den wenigsten Schlägen das Ziel erreicht, gewonnen.
Lesen Sie mal, was im Jahr 1931 J.B. Masüger darüber berichtete: in seinem Buch „Schweizerbuch der alten Bewegungsspiele“.
Viele Freude beim Lesen!

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When researching or reading about the ancient history of golf and the related games of colf, crosse and mail one easily overlooks the fact that both in Britain and on the European continent since time and age many other stick and ball games were and still are played. In these games, clubs, balls, tees, targets and the objectives are far more different than those of the above mentioned ‘Four Musketeers’, but still a club or stick is used to hit or push a ball to achieve a certain goal.
The origin of these games is often lost in the mist of time, but some of them are still enjoying popularity in several remote regions of Britain and the continent.
Under the heading Miscellaneous we explain a couple of such club and ball games as played in the Valley of Aosta in Italy.
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Illuminations in books of hours from the 14th century show that already 700 years ago such games were played in different regions of Europe.
(Illustration: www.fromoldbooks.org/OldEngland)

The reconstruction of our website is finished now. We hope you will enjoy going through the different sections.
You will observe that in all sections the first publications have come out, including the remarkably study from the EAGHC-member, Wu Linqi, about the ancient Chinese game of chui wan, which resembles so much the game of golf.
We realise that it is a major drawback that the publications are only reproduced in the language in which they were originally written. For the time being we have unfortunately no possibilities for translations or summaries in other languages.
Our book ‘Games for Kings & Commoners’ (September 2011) has received much interest. So far people in thirteen countries, including the USA, Canada and Japan, have ordered the book.
It goes without saying that remarks about the website and its contents are most welcome.