Calendar and Dates
The chapter mainly discusses broom games between the 10th and the 18th centuries.
Tenth century (A.D. 901-1000)
The Annual broom race of Sweden begins. This is still a popular yearly event.
Eleventh century (A.D. 1001-1100)
A tragic Gaelic poem mentions Creaothceann.
Fourteenth century (A.D. 1301-1400)
Stichstock dies out.
Creaothceann made illegal.
Interesting facts and notes
All of the broom games mentioned in the chapter, other than the two originating from England - Swivenhodge (a kind of tennis or netball on brooms) and Shuntbumps (jousting on brooms) - seem extremely dangerous and involve the possibility of serious injury to the players. The introduction of Quidditch isn't going to change things much.
Broom sports emerged almost as soon as broomsticks were sufficiently advanced to allow fliers to turn corners and vary their speed and height.
These points are made again later: that the most important elements of a broom's performance are its manoeuvrability, speed, and altitude.
The game [Stichstock] ended when the bladder was successfully punctured, or the bladder-guardian had either succeeded in hexing all opponents out of the running or collapsed from exhaustion.
It does sound like this German broom game would be a thrilling spectator sport.
One by one the players would take the Dom, or ball (actually the gallbladder of a goat), and speed through a series of burning barrels set high in the air on stilts.
The game [Creaothceann] was made illegal in 1762, and though Magnus 'Dent-Head' Macdonald spearheaded a campaign for its reintroduction in the 1960s, the Ministry of Magic refused to lift the ban.
As the Scottish broom game of Creaothceann involves attaching cauldrons to the flyers' heads in which they catch flying rocks, the Ministry was probably wise not to allow its reintroduction. If Macdonald was participating in illegal games that would also explain his colourful nickname.
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