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Birth of the Chess Queen: A History (English Edition) Kindle电子书
“Marilyn Yalom has written the rare book that illuminates something that always has been dimly perceived but never articulated, in this case that that the power of the chess queen reflects the evolution of female power in the western world.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
Everyone knows that the queen is the most dominant piece in chess, but few people know that the game existed for five hundred years without her. It wasn't until chess became a popular pastime for European royals during the Middle Ages that the queen was born and was gradually empowered to become the king's fierce warrior and protector.
Birth of the Chess Queen examines the five centuries between the chess queen's timid emergence in the early days of the Holy Roman Empire to her elevation during the reign of Isabel of Castile. Marilyn Yalom, inspired by a handful of surviving medieval chess queens, traces their origin and spread from Spain, Italy, and Germany to France, England, Scandinavia, and Russia. In a lively and engaging historical investigation, Yalom draws parallels between the rise of the chess queen and the ascent of female sovereigns in Europe, presenting a layered, fascinating history of medieval courts and internal struggles for power.
“A well-researched and enjoyable book.” (The Economist )
“Both chess fans and those unfamiliar with the game will enjoy this absorbing look at the evolution of chess.” (Booklist )
“Marilyn Yalom has written the rare book that illuminates something that always has been dimly perceived but never articulated.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer ) --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
Marilyn Yalom is a senior scholar at the Institute for Women and Gender at Stanford University. She is the author of A History of the Wife; A History of the Breast; Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory; and Maternity, Mortality, and the Literature of Madness. She lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband, psychiatrist and writer Irvin Yalom.--此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
- ASIN : B0029PBV9I
- 出版社 : HarperCollins e-books; 第 Reprint 版 (2009年5月19日)
- 出版日期 : 2009年5月13日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 621 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 328页
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It was not until the 15th century that the Chess Queen became the most powerful piece on the board. We are told this change was part of a broader social history of chess and of women players. Queens and rulers in Spain, Italy, Germany, France England, Scandinavia, and Russia were playing the game - women such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Margaret of Denmark, Isabella of Castile, and Catherine the Great, among many others.
Chess Queens can also be linked to the cult of the Virgin Mary. And chess had links with the cult of love and was a symbol of romance, because chess-playing was one of the few ways in which noble women could interact with men.
The book is rich with illustrations and is a pleasure to read for chess players and equally for non chess players.
If you are a Chess-Nut, enjoy learning, and not afraid of a female CEO then you will probably enjoy this book.