I started writing a new novella this week called Milady and Her Spy. It’s a Regency set story and the heroine is not quite what a normal young lady of this era would be like. Her mother died when she was four and she has three older brothers so she came up in a household with very little feminine influence. She likes horse racing, card playing and quoits.
You might now be asking, “What’s quoits, Jillian?”
Quoits is the predecessor to horseshoes. It was devised in ancient Greece and was played with a discus. The poorer citizens who couldn’t afford the discus started making their own by bending horseshoes into circles. It was initially played by tossing these and seeing who could get the furthest but eventually, the wooden stake or metal pin was added as something to aim for.
When the stake part of the game was devised, the shape of the quoit from a full circle was changed to an open form like we have with the game of horseshoes today. Ringtoss also was devised from this game.
For more info on the modern version of Quoits, click here.