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The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked By David Caldwell Mark A. Hall Caroline M. Wilkinson,

  • Title: The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked
  • Author: David Caldwell Mark A. Hall Caroline M. Wilkinson
  • ISBN: 9781905267460
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Chess fans saw a red queen brought to life in Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone She came from what is perhaps the world s most mysterious and imaginatively crafted chess set 73 carved pieces probably dating to the 1200 s The famous Chess men and women comprise the world s oldest complete chess set or parts of several sets The treasure trove was discoveredChess fans saw a red queen brought to life in Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone She came from what is perhaps the world s most mysterious and imaginatively crafted chess set 73 carved pieces probably dating to the 1200 s The famous Chess men and women comprise the world s oldest complete chess set or parts of several sets The treasure trove was discovered 15 feet deep in the sand in Lewis in Scotland s northern Outer Hebrides in the late 19th century Scandinavian outposts were known to be there as early as the 1200 s when the pieces were probably crafted That chess was played in the Middle Ages with such extraordinary works of art tantalizes the imagination Who were these people whose likenesses have been so whimsically and realistically depicted that they come alive for us today Who played the game These kings and queens, bishops with miters on their heads, knights mounted on rather small horses and holding spears and shields, rooks with shields and a wild expression, and pawns in the shape of obelisks all so very human Some of the pieces contain red stains, suggesting perhaps that the sets had some colorings unlike modern black and white pieces This is the first forensic account of modern research into the Chessmen, according to Ancientchess The unmasked in the book s title refers to new controversies about their origin and about who might have owned and lost them and about the trade and state of society where they were crafted.
    The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked Chess fans saw a red queen brought to life in Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone She came from what is perhaps the world s most mysterious and imaginatively crafted chess set carved pieces pr

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    1. It s an odd little book It read to me at least as if it were written in one language then translated into English and the logic of the grammar, in the text as presented, escaped me read once, twice or thrice Then, too, the pictures are unaesthetic Walrus tusk a dull cream with brown splotches, and these chess men quite, quite old so a weathered dull cream with brown splotches , needs better presentation than against a startlingly white background In addition, while found in a sand dune on the Is [...]

    2. I can t remember when I first learned about the Isle of Lewis Chessmen, I don t watch Harry Potter so I didn t see them there, even though apparently there is a scene where the characters are playing chess using Lewis Chessman figurines.But learn about them I did and with my usual enthusiasm at discovering something new, I couldn t gather enough information fast enough There are some great videos about them on youtube I am providing links at the end of this post.The Lewis Chess men were discover [...]

    3. I purchased this wonderful book at The Danish National Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, this summer because there were references to the chessmen during our tour of the exhibit Vikings 2013 The book is a quick read and provides an excellent overview of the purported provenance of the set that was found 800 years after it was buried on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland Pictures of various pieces of the set are included with an interesting commentary about when the pieces created and who might have create [...]

    4. I would have liked a little info on the studies done, but it was a very accessible book for the general public with some nice photos of the pieces.

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