Chess in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age

Chess in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age

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More than a mere pastime, chess was an important pedagogical tool and thought paradigm in the Middle Ages. Much like people today who speak in sports metaphors, the people of medieval Europe related life to chess, making comparisons on and off the board to war, politics, love, and the social order. In this collection of essays, scholars investigate chess texts from various European traditions and make the case for seeing chess as an important key to understanding medieval culture.This is true even when a medieval author explicitly compares social and political interaction to the game of chess, as Richard fitz Neal does in his ... 2 I would like to thank a number of people who have commented on earlier drafts of this essay.

Title:Chess in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age
Author:Daniel E. O'Sullivan
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter - 2012-07-30


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