University of Arizona

The Golf Book: Playing and Praying in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Illustration from The Golf Book (Book of Hours), by Simon Bening, ca. 1530

Professor Milliman analyzes the Golf Book, a sixteenth-century book of hours which depicts games and pastimes. Milliman talks about the early history of some of these activities—hunting, jousting, and of course golf, to name a few—and examines why illustrations of these activities figure so prominently in a prayer book.

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