Thursday, 8 October 2009

Underdown's Start of Play

Mercurius Politicus reports on the sad death of David Underdown, the early modern historian. The site mentions three fine studies by Underdown, including Pride’s Purge which remains arguably the best history of that remarkable event. But I have a particular affection for Start of Play, his account of the origins of cricket. I have read the work twice already. As the weather turns colder, I feel like reading it again as a pleasurable and erudite memorial to this brilliant scholar.

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