boardgames, English, Medieval, modern

The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked

Another very interesting book about the Lewis Chessmen. The humorous and intricately designed Lewis Chessmen were discovered in 1831, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in Scotland. To preserve the hoard as intactly as possible in a public collection, the majority of the pieces were acquired by the British Museum where they… Continue reading The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked

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boardgames, English, Medieval, modern

The Chess Piece Magician

Douglas Bruton’s first novel tells a fictional story behind the famed Lewis chessmen, which date from the 12th century and were found in Uig Bay in the 1830s. This fantasy adventure accompanies the recent craze about the Lewis Chessmen and is used by the National Museum of Scotland to get children acquainted with them and… Continue reading The Chess Piece Magician

boardgames, English, Medieval, Old Norse

Doubts on origins of Lewis Chessmen

Doubts cast on Chessmen origins New research has cast doubt on traditional theories about the historic Lewis Chessmen. The 93 pieces - currently split between museums in Edinburgh and London - were discovered on Lewis in 1831. But the research suggests they may have been used in both chess and Hnefatafl - a similar game… Continue reading Doubts on origins of Lewis Chessmen

boardgames, Celtic, English, Medieval, Old Norse

Lewis Chessmen may not be chessmen after all…

Who has not heard of the Lewis Chessmen? These 900-years-old, beautifully carved ivory gaming pieces even made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as living chess pieces. A recent study made my heart skip a beat as it argues that these gaming pieces were not used for Chess, as has been believed… Continue reading Lewis Chessmen may not be chessmen after all…