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Evidence for Fox and Geese

2 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.814
Type Contemporary text
Location England
Date 1633-01-01 - 1633-12-31
Rules Name of the game.
Content "let him sit in the shop with nere a paire of cuffs on his hands, and play at Fox and Geese with the foreman..." Marmyon 1633: Act 2 Scene 6. Murray 1951: 102 incorrectly quotes "shop" as "ship."
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Social status Non-Elite, Elite
Genders Male
Source Marmyon, S. 1633. A Fine Companion. London., Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press., Marmyon, S. 1633. A Fine Companion. London.

Id DLP.Evidence.1428
Type Contemporary text
Location England
Date 1801-01-01 - 1801-12-31
Rules Seventeen Geese, in the same arrangement as with thirteen except the four extra appear start, two on the left and two on the right, in the next rank in front of the rest. Geese move orthogonally forward or to the side only. The fox moves orthogonally. The geese attempt to prevent the Fox from moving, the Fox captures the Geese by hopping over them.
Content "XIV.—Fox and Geese...To play this game there are seventeen pieces, called geese, which are placed as we see them upon the engraving, and the fox in the middle, distinguished either by his size or difference of colour, as here, for instance, he is black. The business of the game is to shut the fox up, so that he cannot move. All the pieces have the power to move from one spot to another, in the direction of the right lines, but cannot pass over two spots at one time...The geese are not permitted to take the fox if he stands close to them, but the fox may take a goose, in like case, if the spot behind it be unoccupied, or not guarded by another goose; and if all be taken, or the number so reduceed that the fox cannot be blocked, the game is won." Strutt 1801 (1846): 318-319.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Genders Male
Source Strutt, J. 1801 (1846). The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England: Including the Rural and Domestic Recreations, May Games, Mummeries, Shows, Processions, Pageants, and Pompous Spectacles, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. London: Thomas Tegg.

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