Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them
Publish date: 2015-09-01
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
'Ivory Vikings' tells the known story(ies) of the Lewis Chessmen, details Nordic/Atlantic style, the history of chess as it migrated from India, and covers the various theories regarding the origins of the Lewis Chessmen and offers speculations on those who likely commissioned and made them. This wa...
When ninety-three meticulously carved, 12th century, walrus ivory chessmen were discovered in the decidedly protestant sands of Scotland’s Isle of Lewis in 1831, a haul that included 16 alarmingly Catholic-looking bishops, no one knew where they had come from (Fairies?), and while we still aren’t su...
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. I know very little about chess. I know how to play, I’m not very good, and I think some of the chess sets, the Lewis chessmen included, are awesome works of art. That’s about it. Oh, and I like the horses, and my favorite rooks are castles on eleph...