hist-games: FW: Alea Evangelii

james at tradgames.org.uk james at tradgames.org.uk
Thu Aug 17 01:47:43 PDT 2006


Alea Evangelii is described in "The Times of St. Dunstan" pub.1923.  I have
a copy and it is referencing a manuscript called "C.C.C. Oxon I22" which is
a gospel book written in an Irish hand.  It has a translation of the text
and this says that Dubinsi bishop of Bangor brought away the game from the
King of he English, that is the King of the House of Adelstan.  A plate at
the front of the book shows the  picture in the m/s showing the board which
I think is laid out for the start of play.

This plate is very interesting because the pieces seem to be set out in an
unusual looking pattern.

I don't know if this is the same manuscript but it does sound like it.
However, the book says that the m/s is "said to be of the end of the
eleventh century"




James Masters
www.tradgames.org.uk


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> 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.
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> 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)...
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