Top 10 Most Bizarre Laws Of Medieval Europe, #5 Is Scary!

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10. Playing Tennis (If You Were Poor)

Drawing of a Lawn Tennis Court

By a law from 1495, it was lawfully forbidden for young men who weren’t aristocrats — working males such as apprentices and servants — to play tennis.

At the time, playing was thought to promote gambling and to be a distraction.

The law was enforced year-round, except at Christmas, and even then such citizens could only play tennis indoors and only at their master’s house.