jon at gothic green oak
jon at gothicgreenoak.co.uk
Sat Apr 3 01:42:50 PDT 2010
Dear Peter and Robert
An English word for daldos may well never have been coined if the game
only occasionally appeared in Britain. It would have been known under
what ever name the person who introduced it gave it or something derived
from this. However the 13th/14th C and 16th C names may well be
different if the game was introduced by individuals from different
countries or, if over that period of time, the introduced name was
replaced by a regional one (though, I admit, this would suggest
continuous presence of the game over the period).
Having said that, if more boards are discovered after a trawl of
archaeological finds or as graffiti on extant medieval and later
buildings then an English name is more likely to have existed. A
relationship with the Scandinavian names is quite possible but Ill
suggest, until something with evidence to back it up is found,
'Ambes-ace' - known from the 13thC (with any number of spellings) as a
throw of a pair of aces, possibly the most useful throw of the dice in
the early stages of the game.
More boards from Britain might well be identified now and an English
name for the game might well also be found. I'll keep on looking...
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