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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 uirks 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 mo. Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley I know very little about chess I know how to play I m not very good and I think some of the chess sets the Lewis chessmen included are awesome works of art That s about it Oh and I like the horses and my favorite rooks are castles on elephants Just so you know Brown s easy to read book is about the famous Lewis Chessman and if you don t recognize the term Lewis Chessmen don t worry You have most likely seen a picture of them somewhere so odds are you know them without knowing that you know them if you know what I mean Brown thesis is that the chessman where Icelandic in original most likely the work of Margaret the Adroit Now I can hear someone saying something like oh no not another feminist revisionist whatisit While I am sure that those scholars and people who believe that the chessmen were Norwegian in make will see this book as revisionist it isn t really Margaret the Adroit was well known during her time and the scholarship is solid Further Brown is very clear about what scholars know for sure what guess work is and what is possible but unlikely More importantly there is a huge amount of information about the Icelandic past here as well as a rather interesting discussion about the differences between walrus tusk and elephant tusk To prove the viability of her thesis Brown includes a good about the placement of the church in Iceland Perhaps the book is slightly misnamed for while there is a fair amount of material about Margaret the Adroit there is information about the society that she inhabited Undoubtedly this is due to a lack of source material Another interesting aspect of the work is the detail Brown gives to the debate about the chessmen not just which society made them but to which part of the United Kingdom they belong to This also includes a rather interesting discussion of the finding of the pieces The book is wonderfully sectioned into chapters titled after the pieces Worked into the history of Iceland are also history of the various pieces of the chess board It s true that Brown comes down on the Icelandic side of the uestion though she allows the reader to follow her thinking Perhaps the one flaw is towards the end where Brown weighs the merits of the Icelandic case She makes a comment about the Icelandic side having fewer flaws or weak points than the Norwegian While the course of the book does an excellent job in detailing the pros and cons of each side a summary chart at that point would have been nice I know this is every person history but it would have been nice If you like the Lewis chessmen are interested in Iceland and Vikings or even just like chess this is the book for you Highly recommended

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Ivory Vikings The King the Walrus the Artist and the Empire That Created the World's Most Famous Chessmen

Tries and islands we think of as far apart and culturally distinct Norway 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. Thanks St Martin s Press and netgalley for arc If I ever make it across the pond I would love to vist these chessmen Just the right amount of fact and fiction to keep it exciting this book reads like a viking saga Loved it

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St visited and beloved objectsuestions abounded Who carved them Where Nancy Marie Brown's 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 coun. I ve been intrigued by the Lewis chess set since I first saw pieces in Edinburgh and London long ago on early research trips Brown carefully reconstructs the world that made them a flourishing Iceland embedded in a North Atlantic trade empire of walrus tusks walrus skin sailing ropes and Viking navigational daring drawn to Abbasid silver down the rivers of Russia Identifying the Bishop who most likely commissioned them and his network of family and educational contacts from England to Rome as well as the woman Margaret the Adroit whose workshop carved them Brown makes these little figures emblematic of their world shield biting berzerkers anxious kings stylish bishops and braid twisting ueens


10 thoughts on “Ivory Vikings The King the Walrus the Artist and the Empire That Created the World's Most Famous Chessmen

  1. says:

    When ninety three meticulously carved 12th century walrus ivory chessmen were discovered in the decidedly protestant sands of Scotland’s Is

  2. says:

    The year is 1831 the place a sandy stretch of Scottish beach that has shifted just enough to reveal the edge of an ancient cairn From here the tale scatters in dozens of directions ripe as it is for gilding over the odd tankard of ale My favorite version involves a superstitious farmer who entered the cairn to find ninety three small figurines tossed across the floor A closer look convinces him they are idols of an evil

  3. says:

    Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley I know very little about chess I know how to play I’m not very good and I think some of the

  4. says:

    I thought I was buying a book about the Lewis chessmen I've been to the beach where they found them and I've seen them in the British Museum so I was interested to learn The book's title is a play on words though The autho

  5. says:

    I was disappointed by this book the theory the author presents while plausible and interesting remains nothing than a theory The subject of the book which is the Lewis chessmen pieces are never given a solid point of origin in this b

  6. says:

    I've been intrigued by the Lewis chess set since I first saw pieces in Edinburgh and London long ago on early research trips Brown carefully reconstructs the world that made them a flourishing Iceland embedded in

  7. says:

    Why do the publishers of popular history works so often insist on giving them titles which set up grand claims that the book can't possibly answer and which often don't really convey what the text is about? This is one of the main flaws with Ivory Vikings The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them Nancy M

  8. says:

    Look at them They are so captivating I'll be honest I went into this book with completely different expectations I read this as a book talking about chess masters throughout the ages and the women who made them Turns out that this is about th

  9. says:

    Thanks St Martin's Press and netgalley for arc If I ever make it across the pond I would love to vist these chessmen Just the right amount of fact and fiction to keep it exciting this book reads like a viking saga Loved it

  10. says:

    Ivory Vikings The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them written by Nancy M