Ivory Vikings present a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic
A most interesting book that tells the story of the Lewis chessmen and explains the economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800s and 900s.
Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them
Questions 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 countries 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.
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