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By Marilyn Yalom

We all know that the queen is the main dominant piece in chess, yet few humans comprehend that the sport existed for 5 hundred years with no her. It wasn't till chess grew to become a favored hobby for eu royals throughout the heart a while that the queen was once born and was once progressively empowered to develop into the king's fierce warrior and protector.Birth of the Chess Queen examines the 5 centuries among the chess queen's timid emergence within the early days of the Holy Roman Empire to her elevation in the course of the reign of Isabel of Castile. Marilyn Yalom, encouraged via a handful of surviving medieval chess queens, lines their starting place and unfold from Spain, Italy, and Germany to France, England, Scandinavia, and Russia. In a full of life and interesting historic research, Yalom attracts parallels among the increase of the chess queen and the ascent of girl sovereigns in Europe, proposing a layered, attention-grabbing background of medieval courts and inner struggles for strength.

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When I was lucky enough to have had a private audience with this queen in Berlin, I realized (once again) the colossal difference between seeing the photo of a work of art and the original of that same work. In her presence, this amazing figure exudes an air of regal self-assurance, almost as palpable as the throne she sits on. This particularly majestic chess queen was made in the twelfth century, and while queens had clearly entered the game in certain regions, their place was not yet entirely secure.

They may have been carried back by one of the crusaders, either after the First Crusade, inaugurated in 1095, or the Second, in 1146. If they were brought back during the Second Crusade, they may have been given directly to Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis, who built the abbey Treasury into the most valuable religious repository in France by the time of his death in 1151. For the abbot, such precious objects were an ex- the chess queen shows her face • 31 pression of the divine, and allowed earthlings to glimpse the glories of paradise.

In each country, the chess queen eventually showed her face, although rivalry with the vizier sometimes retarded her appearance for decades and even centuries. The following chapters will show how the chess queen established her reign. They will also show how the lives of certain memorable queens intermingled with the chess queen’s march across Europe and her ultimate transformation into the game’s most potent piece. three w The Chess Queen Shows Her Face emarkably, two chess queens have survived from the eleventh century.

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