Why is pool table cloth usually green? Because grass is green. Billiards (taken to mean all cue games) is a form of a croquet-like game played on grass. It was brought indoors and put on tables in the fifteenth century in
In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, complains of being deprived of her billiard table while imprisoned at
In 1591, Edmund Spenser describes billiards as "a thriftless game."
One of the best-known early references to the game is in Shakespeare's
In 1616, Ben Jonson mentions the smoothness of a billiard ball in his play The Devil Is an Ass.
The game is very popular in the royal houses of
In the late 1600's, Louis IV, supporting a court of 3,000 people, installs an elaborate billiard room in his new palace at
One of the earliest mentions of the game in
Pool hustlers go way back. In the 1689 memoirs of the Duke of St. Simon, a hustler is described who later becomes a Catholic Bishop. In 1789 in
Billiards was Mozart's main form of relaxation.
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