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dc.contributor.authorButtigieg, Noel
dc.identifier.citationSymposia Melitensia. 2011, Vol.7, p. 59-71en_GB
dc.description.abstractDuring 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.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Malta. Junior Collegeen_GB
dc.subjectGambling -- Malta -- Historyen_GB
dc.subjectMalta -- Social life and customsen_GB
dc.titleThe early modem licensed ridotto : an attempt to 'domesticate gambling'? (1650-1798)en_GB
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SymMel, 2011, Volume 7
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