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6th Century: St. Brendan’s Isle

The 10th century Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis relates the story of Saint Brendan the Abbot (c. AD 484 – c. 577), who takes a group of fourteen monks on an expedition in search of the island of Paradise. After a … Continue reading

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1793: Cards for Equality

      Following the French Revolution and its toppling of the French monarchy, Urbain Jaume and Jean-Démosthène Dugourc conceived the idea of a new deck of playing cards that, like the revolutionaries, would toss out its “aristocracy” of Aces, Kings, … Continue reading

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1283: Book of Games

Illumination from the Libro de los Juegos, a compendium of games commissioned by King Alfonso X of Castile, Galicia and León in 1283.

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1982: Do You Remember?

Do you Remember? We do it all for fun you know Get loaded after the show, it’s all part of the scene Don’t hate us, we’re just kids People say we’re behind the times, go ahead and see if I … Continue reading

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1805 BC: Game of Hounds and Jackals

A board game from the reign of Amenemhat IV (c. 1814–1805 BC) (source)

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1635: And Drinking Cocktails Too, Apparently

Quirin Boel: Two Monkeys Playing Backgammon (1635 – 1690) (source) “Twee apen spelen triktrak” in Dutch; “triktrak” is a nice onomatopoeia.

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