Ivory Vikings

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Ivory Vikings

Post by morrisondna » Sat Sep 26, 2015 7:05 pm

I just finished reading a new book on the ivory chessmen discovered on the Isle of Lewis in 1831. The book is not quick reading, but provides some fascinating insights into the Viking world of the 12th Century and the part that the Isle of Lewis played in it. The theory developed in the book is that the chessmen were carved in Iceland from walrus tusks by a master carver named Margret the Adroit. Margret was working for a local Icelandic bishop named Pall. The author believes the chessmen were on their way from the bishop to a king of Norway as a gift when they ended their voyage at Lewis. The book is called Ivory Vikings and is available in bookshops and on Amazon. Here is a link to the publisher's website:

http://us.macmillan.com/ivoryvikingsthe ... mariebrown

Edwin

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