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Birth of the chess queen

Author: Marilyn Yalom
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Everyone knows that the queen is the most dominant piece in chess, but few people know that the game existed for five hundred years without her. It wasn't until chess became a popular pastime for European royals during the Middle Ages that the queen was born and was gradually empowered to become the king's fierce warrior and protector. Birth of the Chess Queen examines the five centuries between the chess queen's  Read more...
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History
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Yalom, Marilyn.
Birth of the chess queen.
Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, ©2009
(DLC) 2003062456
(OCoLC)52942885
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marilyn Yalom
ISBN: 9780061913440 0061913448
OCLC Number: 401334263
Notes: Title from PDF title page (viewed June 16, 2009).
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Chess before the chess queen --
Enter the queen! --
Chess queen shows her face --
Chess and queenship in Christian Spain --
Chess moralities in Italy and Germany --
Chess goes to France and England --
Chess and the cult of the virgin Mary --
Chess and the cult of love --
Nordic queens, on and off the board --
Chess and women in old Russia --
New chess and Isabella of Castile --
Rise of "queen's chess" --
Decline of women players.
Responsibility: Marilyn Yalom.

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Everyone knows that the queen is the most dominant piece in chess, but few people know that the game existed for five hundred years without her. It wasn't until chess became a popular pastime for European royals during the Middle Ages that the queen was born and was gradually empowered to become the king's fierce warrior and protector. Birth of the Chess Queen examines the five centuries between the chess queen's timid emergence in the early days of the Holy Roman Empire to her elevation during the reign of Isabel of Castile. Marilyn Yalom, inspired by a handful of surviving medieval chess queens, traces their origin and spread from Spain, Italy, and Germany to France, England, Scandinavia, and Russia. In a lively and engaging historical investigation, Yalom draws parallels between the rise of the chess queen and the ascent of female sovereigns in Europe, presenting a layered, fascinating history of medieval courts and internal struggles for power.

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