hist-games: long dice

Jon at Gothic Green Oak jon at gothicgreenoak.co.uk
Wed May 9 13:02:11 PDT 2007


Does anyone have a reference to the use of long dice in the West in the medieval or post medieval period, particularly a dated reference. Parlett makes reference to Long Lawrence or Lang Larence but has no dated examples and I have found a few other oblique references but nothing concrete. 

The fact that this long dice is possibly named after an early Christian martyr suggests that it has a medieval rather than post medieval origin or at least this name does in Britain.

The Long Lawrence was used for Put and Take which is an early game. 

Any ideas ?

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