November 29, 2014
Emile Zola, the famous ‘naturalist’ author, wrote in 1885 the novel ‘Germinal’, a story about a general strike of the coal miners in the French department Nord. In this novel he describes in detail a game of crosse. A local left-wing member of parliament, a university lecturer, invited Zola to visit a strike at Anzin, a dreary black mining community on the outskirts of Valenciennes.
He interviewed miners and their families, visited their homes, went down a mine and listened to strike meetings. It was here that he learnt about the game of crosse. He studied the game here and made notes so that he could use it in his novel. In his book he calls the game crosse.
Here you can the read the parts of ‘Germinal’ in which the game of crosse is described.