• “'Strange Serious Wantoning:' Early Modern Chess Manuals and the Ethics of Virtuous Subterfuge

    Author(s):
    Christopher Crosbie (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    Renaissance / Early Modern Studies
    Subject(s):
    Chess, Ethics, Ethics, Renaissance, in literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Ethics, Chess, Renaissance Literature
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/ymsy-nf70
    Abstract:
    This essay examines English Renaissance chess manuals in order to understand why chess, a game that encourages subterfuge and stratagem, was nonetheless figured as the paradigmatic example of a virtuous pastime. Particular attention is given to da Odenara Damiano’s The Pleasaunt and Wittie Playe of the Cheasts (1564), Arthur Saul’s The Famous Game of Chess Play (1614), and Greco’s The Royall Game of Chess Play (1656).
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    11 months ago
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