Fairy Tales and The Game of Goose
Posted by SuzanneR on August 17, 1998 at 15:39:05:
In response to jigsaw puzzles & board games, written by Bob Whitworth on August 17, 1998 at 11:55:32
SNIP] I would not say that children’s literature was “virtually ignored” before the Victorian era. Quite the opposite, in fact. Children’s literature was beginning to emerge during the mid 17th century, and grew steadily. Perrault’s Fairy Tales were first published around 1697, if memory serves me correctly.
Bob, or anyone else: What was the attitude toward fairy stories
back then? Did Regency parents consider them a
"healthy" pastime for children? I've always wondered.
SNIP] Now, as to board games. There were plenty of board games during the Regency period. In fact, the first purely English board game was created by Thomas Jeffrys and published in 1759 by Carington Bowles. Patterned after the old gambling game famous at inns (called “The Game of Goose”)
That's funny! Someone gave my daughter a modern version of this
game. It's actually rather too complicated for a five-year-old,
though. I had never heard of it.
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