0. The twin chess and draughts
Chess historians: “Chess played a decisive part in the development of draughts”. True or not true? Click here.
1. Value-free science
Our society considers chess as superior to draughts. Right or wrong? Click here.
2. An English romance of chivalry
Chess historians: “Draughts bears the name of the chess queen. That tells us everything”. True or not true? Click here.
3. The origin of the French game name dames
The name was born in 14th c. French and does not go back to the name of the chess queen. Click here.
4. The reformed chess queen
In the 15th c., chess players modernized their game, with a new queen as the eye-catcher. They took the name for this new piece from the draughts language. Click here.
5. The new chess queen: influence from draughts?
The name of the new chess queen suggests influence from draughts on chess.
6. Tables and morris
In next chapters there will be attention to the board games tables and morris too. For a description of both board games click here.
7. The tables turned: draughts influenced chess
Chess historians: “Draughts had an older name. This name proves that draughts originated from chess”. True or not true? Click here.
8. The common Spanish citizen
Draughts had an older name indeed, but another one than chess historians claimed, and it has nothing to do with chess. Click here.
9. Arab influence in medieval Spain
A manuscript from 1283 described the board games played in late medieval Spain. Among them a game that looks like draughts. Click here.
10. Draughts in 13th c. Spain
Why the 1283 manuscript indeed described draughts. Click here.
11. Penetrating into the past
Why draughts in the 14th c. received a new name. Click here.
12. Chess twaddle?
Chess historians assure us: “Chess was the great board game of the Middle Ages”. Twaddle or truth? Click here.
13. Medieval gaming material
Twaddle or no twaddle? The gaming boards bought by the nobility gives us the answer. Click here.
14. Yes, chess twaddle!
The chess twaddle from chapter 12 refuted: chess was not medieval’s most popular board game. Click here.
15. Chess and draughts in medieval England
Chess historians: “In medieval England chess was the most popular board game; draughts was an almost unknown game”. True or not true? Click here.
16. Invisible chess
In France after 1500, chess was only played by small groups; for the general public chess was an invisible game. This was true for the Middle Ages too. Click here.
17. Target: the medieval literature
The conviction of chess historians that chess was the great board game of the Middle Ages, has come across in a time they only had literary sources at their disposal. Fancy stories are / are not a reliable source. Click here.
18. About repetition
Medieval stories are / are not a reliable source for the historiography of board games (1). Click here.
19. About originality
Medieval stories are / are not a reliable source for the historiography of board games (2). Click here.
20. About props
Medieval stories are / are not a reliable source for the historiography of board games (3). Click here.
21. Chess in the Middle Ages
“The medieval knights were real chess devotees”: rubbish or historical truth? Click here.
22. Draughts, the most popular board game of the Middle Ages
A conclusive proof by the language. Click here.
23. To the origins
Draughts cannot be younger than 500 AD. The game must have been played in a territority in Europe where a Latin dialect was spoken. Click here.
24. Draughts and symbolism
In the past, the draught board was a Christian symbol. What was its meaning? Click here.
25. The symbolic function of the medieval draught board