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How was archery practiced during the Elizabethan era?

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Shakespeare frequently used the vocabulary of archery, and he may be recalling, as Bassanio persuasively begs another loan of Antonio, some of his youthful practice: In my schooldays, when I had lost one shaft, I shot his fellow of the self-same flight. read more

The vocabulary of archery lent itself to much bawdy punning. Cockfighting was both widespread and highly regarded. In the year of Shakespeare's death (1616), a cockpit was converted to a theatre, called the Phoenix; several of Shakespeare's plays were performed there. read more

Archery was very popular during this era. The most skilled archers would win prizes. This was an individual sport played by men of all classes. It was also played by pregnant women. It was said that the roar of the crowd at the archery arena would ensure her unborn son to become a skillful archer. read more

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