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

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. When ninety three meticulously carved 12th century walrus ivory chessmen were discovered in the decidedly protestant sands of Scotland s Isle of Lewis in 1831 a haul that included 16 alarmingly Catholic looking bishops no one knew where they had come from Fairies and while we still aren t sure of their origins today there are some passionately held theories a subject that this book explores in fascinating detail The chessmen themselves are fantastic looking with distinct irresistible facial expressions and elaborate garments The kings and ueens sit on ornate thrones the knights are astride pony size horses which were all they had in northern Europe at that time and the rooks are wild eyed berserkers biting their shields with crooked teeth You ve seen replicas of these chessmen if you watched Ron and Harry play wizard chess in the first Harry Potter movie My edition of the book a free advanced review copy supplied by the publisher had just a few black and white photos I don t know if the finished book will have but it s easy and well worth it to find images on the internet Ancient sea roads have long connected people who lived in what are now the British Isles and Scandinavia and I greatly enjoyed reading about the interconnections religious networks and cultural exchanges this made possible Origin contenders for the chessmen include Norway Scotland and after extensive research author Nancy Marie Brown s favorite possibility Iceland where they may have been created by Margret the Adroit who is said to have carved walrus ivory so skillfully that none in Iceland had ever seen such artistry before That line comes from the Saga of Bishop Pall possibly written by Pall s son Loft friend of Icelandic saga master Snorri Sturluson which would give it some historical credibility In exploring the genesis of the chessmen Brown delves deeply into the stories histories and personalities of the past both the 12th century when they were created and the 19th century when they were found and she also reports on debates about the chessmen that continue to this day some Scottish nationalists believe the The British Museum should return its 82 pieces to Scotland I don t have much personal investment in who exactly created the chessman which meant that some of the exacting details didn t hold my attention but most of the book completely captivated me

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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 Encounters with Rauschenberg 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 Isle of Lewis in 1831 a haul that included 16 alarmingly Catholic looking bishops no one knew where they had come from Fairies? and while we still aren’t sure of their origins today there are some passionately held theories a subject that this book explores in fascinating detail

  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

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    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 do

  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 author aims to solve the mystery of where the chessmen came from and who carved them In the process we lea

  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

  6. says:

    I've been intrigued by the Lewis chess set since I first saw pieces in Edinburgh and London long ago on early rese

  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

  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 the Lewis chessmen and the woman who literally made them Chess is a historic pastime that has traversed down to today's generation It's played by the rich poor old young friends snobs family and experts I

  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

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    Ivory Vikings The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them written by Nancy Marie Brown and published in 2015 by St Martin's Griffin St Martin's Press Macmillan A cache of diminutive ivory chessmen was discovered on the beach of the Isle of Lewis off the coast of Scotland in the early 1800s This scholarly book probes and discusses previous research regarding the many unanswered uestio

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