Peter Street, Associate Lecturer on (AA100) The arts past and present, reports for The Church Times: ‘Christians have sometimes felt that sport poses unfair competition.’
THE Church, sport, and the laity have had an uneasy relationship over the centuries. In 1287, the Synod of Exeter banned “wrestling, dancing, and other unseemly sports” in the churchyard. And, in the early 15th century, the Dean of Exeter complained to the mayor (without effect) that people played games in the cloisters during divine service.
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