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Tabulae (Tables)DLP Game   

Period Medieval

Region Northern Europe, Western Europe

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Race, Escape


Tabulae was the name for a kind of game in medieval Europe that eventually developed into Backgammon and its related games. Played on a series of 24 points with fifteen pieces per player, it was the most popular rade game played in Medieval Europe.


24 points arranged in two rows. Fifteen pieces per player. Played with cubic dice.



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Goret, J.-F. and F. Poplin. 2011. Les pièces de jeu médiévales découvertes de la site du château de Mayenne. Bulletin de la Société nationale des Antiquaires de France, 192–203.

Meyer, N. and M Wyss. 1991. Un jeu de tables du XIIe siècle provenant de Saint-Denis. Archéologie médiévale 21: 103–113.

Stewart. I.J. 2007. A Late Eleventh-Cuentury Tabulae Set from Gloucester. In I. Finkel (ed.), Ancient Board Games in Perspective. London: British Museum press, 235–244.



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