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Evidence for Fidchell

3 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1209
Type Contemporary text
Location 52°30'55.62"N, 7°53'22.98"W
Date 0836-01-01 - 0908-12-31
Rules Square board, lines on board, two players, black and white pieces.
Content "Fithchill, I.e. cause-sense, I.e. cause and sense (are used) in playing it. Or sinew and sense. Or fuath-cell, I.e. shape of church, I.e. the fithchill (board) is four-sided in the first place, and its rows are straight, and (there are ) black and white on it, and it is a different person who wins (?) every other time." MacWhite 1945:26; Meyer 1912: 50.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Social status Royalty, Clergy
Genders Male
Source MacWhite, E. 1945. "Early Irish Board Games." Eigse: A Journal of Irish Studies. 5(1): 25–35. , Meyer, K. ed. 1912. Sanas Cormaic and Old-Irish Glossary. Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co.

Id DLP.Evidence.1210
Type Historical text
Location Ireland
Date 836-01-01 - 1401-12-31
Rules Two players, custodial capture.
Content From the medieval Irish tale of Mac da Cherda and Cummaine Fota, from the Yellow book of Lecan: "'Good,' says Guaire, 'Let's play fidchell.' 'How are the men slain?' says Cummaine. 'Not hard, a black pair of mine about one white man of yours on the same line, disputing the approach on the far side(?).' 'My conscience indeed!' said Cummaine, 'I cannot do the other thing (?), but I shall not slay (your men), you will not slay my men.' For a whole dat Guaire was pursuing him and he could not slay one of his men. 'That is champion-like, o cleric.' said Guaire." MacWhite 1945:26-27; O'Keefe 1911: 32.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Social status Clergy
Genders Male
Source MacWhite, E. 1945. "Early Irish Board Games." Eigse: A Journal of Irish Studies. 5(1): 25–35. , O'Keefe, G. 1911. "Mac dá Cherda and Cummaine Foda." Ériu 5: 18-44.

Id DLP.Evidence.1211
Type Historical text
Location 53°19'34.67"N, 7°59'3.11"W
Date 836-01-01 - 1106-12-31
Rules Pieces move orthogonally any distance
Content From Serglige Con Culainn, from the Book of the Dun Cow: "Behold his chariots, they climb the valley: behold their courses, (like) men in fidchell." Moving like chariots interpreted as moving in a continuous straight course. MacWhite 1945: 27; Dillon 1953.
Confidence 100
Source Dillon, M. 1953. Serglige Con Culainn. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies., MacWhite, E. 1945. "Early Irish Board Games." Eigse: A Journal of Irish Studies. 5(1): 25–35.

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