*** Ivory Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown


Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them tells the story of the chess pieces on the cover, most of which reside in the British Museum in London and whose origin is debated by the scholars. The book focuses on a newer hypothesis, that they were carved in Iceland, by a woman, Margret the Adroit, but along the way tells many other stories about the Vikings’ cultural history and Iceland’s Golden Age, circa 1200.

You don’t need to know anything about chess, or know much about the Vikings to thoroughly enjoy the story.

 

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