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Title: The early modem licensed ridotto : an attempt to 'domesticate gambling'? (1650-1798)
Authors: Buttigieg, Noel
Keywords: Gambling -- Malta -- History
Malta -- Social life and customs
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Malta. Junior College
Citation: Symposia Melitensia. 2011, Vol.7, p. 59-71
Abstract: During the early modern period gambling assumes a greater importance in the everyday life of the Maltese urban dweller. Strict anti-gambling legislation promulgated by the Knights of St.John (1530-1798) was not enough to curb what was seen as a profligate practice. For the authorities gambling was associated with violence, usury, fornication, excessive spending, blasphemy, voluntary poverty, or any attempts to win the favours of fortune or divine assistance through magic. Nevertheless, the pervasive behaviour of the urban dweller supported by the exigencies of a maritime centre soon thwarted the Order s view on the extent of effective anti-gambling control. Gambling gradually developed from simple backroom activities into licensed public games rooms known as ridotti.
ISSN: 1812-7509
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SymMel, 2011, Volume 7
SymMel, 2011, Volume 7

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