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Ferses (Farisia, Fierges)DLP Game   

Period Medieval

Region Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe

Category Reconstruction, Done, Board, War, Leaping, Diagonal


Ferses is a game known from medieval Europe. The name is related to the Ferz, the piece in Shatranj that became the Queen in Chess. It has been considered an early version, or ancestor, of Draughts.


Twelve pieces per player. Pieces move forward one space diagonally. Pieces may be promoted. Players lose when all of their pieces are taken.

These rules were taken from the Historical Information ruleset.

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Historical Information Rules known from DLP evidence,

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Murray 1951: 74-75.

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Chaucer, G. 1369. Book of the Dutchess.

de Reiffenberg, B. 1838. Chronique rimée de Philippe Mouskes. Brussels: M. Hayez.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.



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