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Ivory Vikings : the mystery of the most famous chessmen in the world and the woman who made them

Author: Nancy Marie Brown
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. Who carved them? Where? Brown explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sagas
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Marie Brown
ISBN: 9781137279378 1137279370
OCLC Number: 898418974
Description: 280 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : The Missing Pieces --
The Rooks --
The Bishops --
The Queens --
The Kings --
The Knights --
Acknowledgments : The Pawns.
Responsibility: Nancy Marie Brown.
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A richly imagined journey to the Viking world that created the Lewis chessmen. This book presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea-road  Read more...

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