FAQ - Medieval Games
What games would have been played during the Middle Ages or are generally
thought of as "Medieval"?
Particularly associated with the Medieval era:
- Nine Mens Morris (Shakespeare
informs us that it was played on the ground)
- Fox and Geese
- Various versions of Tafl (known later as Tablut
in Scandinavia) that were played in West Europe at the time.
- Noddy - an earlier version of Cribbage
- Billiards - but not as we know it!
- Ringing the Bull
- Bowls (the oldest bowls green
in England is dated 1299)
- Skittles - various games played
on an alley
Probably also played in the Middle Ages:
- Shove Ha'penny (at least
towards the end of Medieval times - although it would have used a different
coin and went by different names such as "Slype-Groat")
- Quoits and probably Horseshoes
Let us know if you think
there's something missing from this list.