Probably the best known of all historic board games played from Roman times to the 19th century. A game for two players whose aim is to make rows of three men, allowing the removal of their opponent’s pieces. Featuring a linen cloth board, wooden men (counters) and full rules this game of strategy is sure to test.
The game was almost certainly known by the Romans, and was possibly the most commonly played board game in Europe throughout the medieval and Tudor periods, with many examples of boards scratched into stonework, on wooden pews or seats, such as in Westminster Abbey, or on the top of a barrel on the Mary Rose. The game is referred to by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Booking now… Selly Manor Museum’s two distinct and beautiful buildings have fascinating histories, with close links to world famous chocolate-maker George Cadbury and his son Laurence who is responsible for much of our fantastic collection.
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