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Introduction

"One would hear considerably less of hysteria, of morphine-mania, and of other regrettable characteristics of fin-de-siecle existence, if women were to take to fencing as one of the regular...

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Details of The Gentlewoman's Book of Sports

Original Title
The Gentlewoman's Book of Sports
ISBN13
9781782272472
First Published
1892 year
Edition Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
128 pages
Book Language
English
Ebook Format
PDF, EPUB

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"One would hear considerably less of hysteria, of morphine-mania, and of other regrettable characteristics of fin-de-siecle existence, if women were to take to fencing as one of the regular occupations of their day" It was not easy easy to be a sportswoman at the end of the nineteenth century. Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, said in 1896: "No matte "One would hear considerably less of hysteria, of morphine-mania, and of other regrettable characteristics of fin-de-siecle existence, if women were to take to fencing as one of the regular occupations of their day" It was not easy easy to be a sportswoman at the end of the nineteenth century. Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, said in 1896: "No matter how toughened a sportswoman may be, her organism is not cut out to sustain certain shocks".

Women competed in the Olypmics for the first time in 1900. The "white sailor hats" and the "confusion between you, your hat, and the ball" in Lady Greville's book may now seem charmingly old-fashioned - until we remember that in 2015, more than a century later, more than 40% of elite sportswomen in Britain were reported to have suffered sexism. Which suddenly makes the bold gentlewomen of 1892 seem for more pioneering...

------------------------ The Gentlewoman's Book of Sports is part of 'Found on the Shelves', published with The London Library. The books in this series have been chosen to give a fascinating insight into the treasures that can be found while browsing in The London Library. Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, with over 17 miles of shelving and more than a million books, The London Library has become an unrivalled archive of the modes, manners and thoughts of each generation which has helped to form it.

Lady Violet Greville (1842-1932) was an author by profession who became, in the 1880s and 1890s, the writer of a ladies column in the Graphic. She joined The London Library on 19th October 1897, giving her occupation as "Lady".


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