hist-games: medieval chess men

Jon at Gothic Green Oak jon at gothicgreenoak.co.uk
Wed Jun 13 13:08:37 PDT 2007



This question is about medieval chess men, not the beautiful and elaborately carved pieces but the symbolic pieces typical of the game in the early medieval period and their relationship with the early 13th C chess variant Courier Chess. This has four extra men: the courier (of which there are 2), the counsellor and the spy, sneak or jester. Have any of the chess pieces of the medieval period been identified with the additional men from this game?


Also, can anyone lead me to more recent examples of the additional men from this game? 


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