Apparently Anne Boleyn was not very good at the game. After attempting to play and losing, Henry VIII paid her gamble of 12 GBP (about 3,600 GBP) for her.
Henry VIII, much like many of the young men of his court, enjoyed "Real Tennis." Henry VIII had several courts built at his palaces (including one at Hampton Court in 1530), as did
In play, it is very similar to lawn tennis (or modern tennis). The ball is served, much like in tennis, and points are calculated similarly. However, balls can be bounced off the walls of the court. Points can even be gained by hitting the ball through a window!
When not at tournaments, masques, or hunting, it seems that the Tudors had plenty of games to keep them entertained. I suppose in a time before tv, they had to be inventive! I find it fascinating that many of the games that were played back then, are still enjoyed today, despite all of our media distractions! Are there any games enjoyed by the Tudors that you play?