History Of Boulé
Boulé Set is a collective name for a wide range of games including bowls and bocce; all these games feature heavy balls (Boulé in France and bocce in Italy) which must be thrown as close as possible to a smaller target ball.
Boulés can be found in history as far back as the 6th century, played by the Greeks using coins which later progressed to stones. When the game started the aim was to throw the coin or stone ball (Boulé) as far as possible. The Romans then altered the game slightly by changing the aim to its current form; getting the ball as close as possible to a marker.
The game which is known in France today was taken to Provence by the Roman soldiers. When the game came to England it was said King Henry III banned his archers from playing the game as they should have been practising archery, not playing Boulé.
In 1910 an adaptation of Boulé was created called Pentânque in the town of La Ciotat in Provençe. This has now become the dominant version of Boulé in France and other countries around the world.
Personalising Your Boulé set
We’re often asked to create stunning Boulé sets for club members who reach a milestone; automotive companies who want to match the car interior to a luxury gift or players who just love the game. Our talented craftsmen & women hand-emboss your chosen lettering or design into our leather using either gold or silver foil. We incorporate our luxury boulé into our Garden Games Compendium and in a smaller version of the hamper, our boulé is available in a wicker basket.