boardgames, English, Medieval

A question concerning Alea Evangelii

cgrn asked: Hi. I am not a professor or anything, but I would like to learn more about Alea Evangelii and your link came up. Do you know if the original manuscript has been translated into English by anyone? and is it possible to get a copy of the translation? I am interested to find… Continue reading A question concerning Alea Evangelii

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boardgames, Celtic, English, Medieval, Old Norse

Alea evangelii

The gameboard depicted in the eleventh century Irish manuscript CCC Oxford MS. 122 is probably a variant of Hnefatafl. The board shown is eighteen-by-eighteen cells. Hnefatafl is a game that originated in Scandinavia, in the game two players battle for domination. The parties are of unequal size. On a board of this side, Hnefatafl would… Continue reading Alea evangelii

boardgames, Dutch, Old Norse

Hnefatafl – bordspel van de Vikingen

Artikel Hnefatafl Een bordspel van de Vikingen In deze donkere dagen is het gezellig om ’s avonds samen een spelletje te doen. Dit is geen modern fenomeen, ook in de Vikingtijd werden er al bordspelen gespeeld. Een van de oudste en bekendste spellen is Hnefatafl ‘Koningstafel’, een aan het schaakspel verwant spel. In de Oudnoordse literatuur… Continue reading Hnefatafl – bordspel van de Vikingen

boardgames, English, Medieval, modern

Boardgames ancient and modern

After a long search I finally found a research subject that's fun and exciting enough to pursue in my free time: Board games in Celtic and Old Norse stories. They are mentioned quite often and I want to look at the role they play in the story. When are they introduced, what is said about… Continue reading Boardgames ancient and modern

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Games Britannia

Games Britannia @ BBC 4 Episode 1 - Dicing with Destiny Three-part series presented by historian Benjamin Woolley about popular games in Britain from the Iron Age to the Information Age, in which he unravels how an apparently trivial pursuit is a rich and entertaining source of cultural and social history. In part one, Woolley… Continue reading Games Britannia