"a Sceane of Uttmost Vanity": the Spectacle of Gambling in Late Stuart Culture.

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James E. Evans, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Restoration diarist John Evelyn describes a memorable occasion at court on Twelfth Night, 6 January 1662: This evening (according to costóme) his Majestie opned the Réveils of that night, by throwing the Dice himselfe, in the Privy Chamber, where was a table set on purpose, & lost his 100 pounds: the yeare before he won 150 pounds: The Ladys also plaied very deepe: I came away when the Duke of Ormond had won about 1000 pounds & left them still at passage, Cards &c: at other Tables, both there and at the Groome-porters, observing the wiccked folly vanity & monstrous excesse of Passion amongst some loosers, & sorry I am that such a wretched Custome as play to that excesse should be countenanc'd in a Court, which ought to be an example of Virtue to the rest of the kingdome.1

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Language: English
Date: 2002
gambling, spectacle, late stuart culture, literature, theatre, England, 1600s

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