Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Whist is a card game derived from an older game called Ye Triumphe dating back to 1522, more popularly called Ruff and Honors. Ruff and Honors were actually two slightly different games played by similar rules, but with different numbers of cards. Card-playing was a favorite among the wealthy for generations, until the manufacture of inexpensive card decks beginning in the 17th century enabled the masses to take up card playing as a leisure activity. Whist was one of the most popular games. In its heyday, a large amount of literature about how to play existed. In 1742, Edmund Hoyle, author of According to Hoyle , wrote a definitive textbook called A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist . By the ...