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Ivory Vikings (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 09/09/2016
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In the early 1800's, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard's Chess with them in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Housed at the British Museum, they are among its most visited and beloved objects. Questions abounded: Who carved them? Where? Ivory Vikings explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the history of board games. In the process, Ivory Vikings presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea-road connected countries and islands we think of as far apart and culturally distinct: Nonrvay and Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, and Greenland and North America. The story of the Lewis chessmen explains the economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800s and 900s. And finally, it brings from the shadows an extraordinarily talented woman artist of the twelfth century: Margret the Adroit of Iceland.

Publisher: St Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250108593
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 208 x 139 x 20 mm

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“Berserkers, Kings and Chess.”

The story of the Lewis Chessmen is absolutely fascinating and this is superbly told in this wonderful book. With an examination of where they could have come from this is a detective story steeped in the sagas of the... More

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