Medieval Chess Piece Discovered in Norway

Archaeologists recently made a particularly spectacular find in Tønsberg – a rare and richly decorated chess piece.

Amorous encounters in Medieval French chess

The question I want to look at today is how chess is used in presenting these questions of love, of the amorous encounter, of the meeting between two people and the potential for feelings the might result from it.

Functions of Chess in Medieval French Literature

Edward Mills examines the functions of the game of chess in medieval French literary culture.

Humour in the Game of Kings: The Sideways Glancing Warder of the Lewis Chessmen

Using the example of a particular piece of the Lewis Chessmen this paper examines both the benefits and the limitations that come about with the cultural approach and cautions against a too rigid application.

Gambling and Gaming in the Holy Land: Chess, Dice and Other Games in the Sources of the Crusades

The article demonstrates that, for the Latin chroniclers, the most serious problem of gambling in the context of the crusades was its tendency to distract from the war effort.

Exploring Medieval European Society with Chess

More specifically, it provides educators with a classroom-tested lesson activity for teaching medieval European society content using the game of chess by providing background information on the history of chess, a rationale for including chess in the classroom, and step-by-step procedures to infuse this activity when the topic of feudalism is covered.

How Did the Queen Go Mad? Examining changes in chess moves in the Middle Ages

Players of chess will know that the Queen is the most powerful piece on the board – it can move any number of squares vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, and is often used to capture the opponent’s pieces. In the Middle Ages this was not the case.

Symbolism in Medieval Chess

The game itself was a significant illustration of medieval society, a symbol that represented social status, moral values, religious meaning, and even cosmic significance.

Queening: Chess and Women in Medieval and Renaissance France

This work explores the correlation between the game of chess and social conditions for women in both medieval and Renaissance France.

The Lewis Hoard of Gaming Pieces: A Re-examination of their Context, Meanings, Discovery and Manufacture

Almost 180 years of scholarship on the Lewis chessmen have given us a solid foundation of understanding, primarily based upon their art-historical analysis.

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