hist-games: alea evangelii

Jane & Mark Waks waks at comcast.net
Tue Aug 15 16:43:54 PDT 2006


webmaster at historicgames.com wrote:
> According to David Parlett in his Oxford History of Board Games, An  
> English manuscript from the reign of Athelstan (924-40) describes a  
> form of Hnefatafl which it calls "alea evangelii." and if I remember,  
> the manscript included a diagram of a 18 x 18 board with the pieces  set 
> on the intersections of the squares.

Right -- that's where Murray got it from. AFAIK, that's the only extant 
source for the game (but I'd welcome correction if there are more)...

				-- Justin





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