Laugh and Lie Down, 16th Century Card Game

Laugh and Lie Down, 16th Century Card Game

Laugh and Lie Down is a 16th century card game alluded to in Shakespeare's Othello. If you enjoy card games and especially card games from Shakespeare's lifetime, then this is the post for you! I'm going to show you how to play this card game straight from the life of...

One and Thirty Card Game Instructions

This week we are exploring a popular card game from Elizabethan England called One and Thirty. This game is very similar to BlackJack, can be played with two or more people, and is pretty easy to learn. Press play to learn how to play.   This card game dates back...

DIY History: How to Play Maw, 16th Century Card Game

You can use this tutorial to learn how to play the game of Maw. The official rules of Maw are outlined inside¬†The Groom Porter's Laws which appear in Ancient Ballads and Broadsides published in England in the sixteenth Century… as preserved in the Library of...
Did Shakespeare Play Cards?

Did Shakespeare Play Cards?

Image Source: http://www.wopc.co.uk/uk/index2 In Shakespeare's lifetime, cards were extremely popular pastime. Not having ipads, tv, or netflix, people read books, played board games, or often played card games to pass the time. While there are many card games to...