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17th Century holiday bonanza

King James I liked his holidays and his sports, writes Christopher Hill in The Century of Revolution 1603-1714.

“In medieval England, and in Catholic countries in the seventeenth century, the year was marked out by over a hundred holy days, on which no work was done… When James justified his Declaration of Sports, his reasons were: (i) men would associate the traditional sports with Popery, and become dissatisfied with the established Church if deprived of them; (ii) ‘the common and meaner sort’ would become unfit for military service; (iii) they would go in disgust to ale-houses, and there indulge in ‘a number of idle and discontented speeches’.”

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Haitian slaves and the fight for liberty

Who first said "Let there be light"?