The Lewis Chessmen: New Perspectives

The Lewis Chessmen: New Perspectives

by David Caldwell (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781905267859
Publisher: National Museums of Scotland Publishing
Publication date: 05/08/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David Caldwell was formerly keeper of Scotland in Europe for National Museums Scotland. He was the lead author in NMS Enterprises The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked, published in 2010 and reprinted five times.

Table of Contents

About the authors vii

Introduction: Game on! Mark A Hall David H Caldwell x

Section 1 Understanding the hoard components

Chapter 1.1 The facial analysis of the Lewis chess pieces Caroline Wilkinson 1

Chapter 1.2 The Lewis chessmen: what can examination of the surfaces tell us? Jim Tate Ina Reiche Flavia Pinzari 11

Chapter 1.3 The Lewis 'berserkers': identification and analogy in the shield-biting warriors Neil Price 29

Chapter 1.4 Open moves: introducing dynastic women and state propaganda to the chess board Emma Black 45

Section 2 Recovering the political and geographic context

Chapter 2.1 The Kingdom of the Isles David H Caldwell 71

Chapter 2.2 The Manx sea kings, the Isle of Lewis and the gaming pieces: is there a Manx context for the Lewis chessmen? R Andrew McDonald 95

Chapter 2.3 Navagating the nomenclature: the validity of Gaelic Tairbeart as evidence for pre-Norse survival in Lewis and the west of Scotland Alan Macnivcn 121

Chapter 2.4 The Norwegian Empire: fact or fantasy? Alex Woolf 151

Chapter 2.5 Walrus hunting and the ivory trade in the North Atlantic Elizabeth Pierce 169

Chapter 2.6 The sea world of the chessmen Colin Martin 185

Chapter 2.7 The Lewis chessmen: the Icelandic theory Guðmundur G þórararinsson 201

Section 3 The game context

Chapter 3.1 'To you he left … his brown ivory chessmen': cultural value in the Lewis hoard of gaming pieces Mark A Hall 221

Chapter 3.2 Old West Norse chess terminology and the introduction of chess into Scandinavia Robert Nedoma 243

Chapter 3.3 Early medieval chess in Scandinavia: an introduction Guro Koksvik Lund 261

Chapter 3.4 Avatars and identity: movement and gesture in a virtual world Heather Pulliam 283

Chapter 3.5 Game boards and gaming pieces in Old Norse-Icelandic fiction Matthias Teichert 307

Chapter 3.6 A Romanesque walrus ivory bishop in New York Charles T Little 321

Index 328

Index of sagas and other sources 337

Index of Lewis chess pieces by reference number 338

A list of the Lewis hoard 339

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