bull baiting

8:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Into It: Bull Baiting

A representation of a particularly cruel and nearly forgotten tradition called bull baiting.

The violent pastime known as bull baiting entertained the wealthy and poor alike throughout the Middle Ages and well into the 19th century.

The spectacle took place in public rings, where a single bull stood tethered to a stake. With crowds gathered around and the bulls agitated, dog owners paid a fee to let their canine have a run at the bull.

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