hist-games: alea evangelii
damian at snigfarp.karoo.co.uk
Thu Jun 26 22:11:59 PDT 2008
Quoting M Winther's message of Yesterday:
> So how old is Alea Evangelii? Is it really from the tenth century?
I have no reason to disbelieve that it's a 10th century game, that we're
seeing through a 12th century manuscript. The 12th century manuscript
could be a copy of an earlier (e.g. 10th century) one, or it could be a
new work based on an earlier source. The 10th century date, by the way,
comes from the mention in the manuscript that the game comes from king
Athelstan's court - his reign was 925-940 (sometimes given as 924-939,
I'm not sure which is the modern thinking).
Damian - http://damian.snigfarp.karoo.net/
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