Micro-Histories 5: Fun!

Monday, January 25th, 2021

This is fifth episode in our new micro history series – where we take an historic subject and try to demonstrate how it has a history in just 15-20 minutes!! And without just talking at supersonic speed. Think of it as the historicaI equivalent of speed chess or speed dating. In this fifth foray into historical brevity the histories of the unexpected duo of James Daybell and Sam Willis tackle the intriguing subject of FUN, which is inspired by their book on the VIKINGS. Taking that as their starting place, the boys tackle topics of the archaeology of fun, gaming pieces, the status of fun, drowning matches and pillow fights, the viking ball game and female fun, before tackling the subjects of fun rhymes and children’s nonsense poems in Britain in the 1950s and wagers in the second half of the eighteenth century! Who knew?

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