Mail (pall mall)


Under the heading ‘Mail’ we reproduced some weeks ago the first part of an extensive article about ‘jeu de mail’ by Henri Jakubowicz which was published in the magazine ‘Through The Green’ in December 2002. This first part dealt with the history of jeu the mail and the bibliography concerning part 1 and 2.
We now reproduce the second part of the article in which Jakubowicz reviews the game as it was played from the 16th century till 1939 in the region of Montpellier in the southeast of France.
Several historians are of the opinion that jeu de mail was the origin of Scottish golf. Henri isn’t.
Happy reading!

Some years ago Henri Jakubowicz, a knowledgeable French historian, wrote an extensive article about ‘jeu de mail’ for Through The Green, the magazine of the British Golf Collectors Society. Henri and the editor of Through The Green agreed that we would publish this article on our Ancient Golf web site.
Under the heading ‘Mail’ you will find the first part of this article, containing the history of the game and the bibliography. The second part we will publish within short.
Happy reading.

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