hist-games: How did vikings play chess?

Alex R. Kraaijeveld a.kraayeveld at ic.ac.uk
Tue Feb 1 02:01:36 PST 2000


Hi all

That the Viking board game hnefatafl is often mistranslated as chess is for
sure. I have also seen claims that the Vikings got chess independently from
the rest of northwestern Europe via eastern trade routes with
Constantinople, but I've never seen any kind of evidence for this. What is
the age of the Lewis chess pieces? I seem to remember they are late-Viking,
i.e. from a time that would 'fit' with a gradual northwards spread of chess
over Europe from the Arab world. My posting yesterday was based on this,
but someone please correct my dates if I'm wrong!

Lex

               
              
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