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Nouvelle publication sur les marelles

Messagepar petiteshistoires » mer. 21 nov. 2012 09:49

"I have received this book on merels (Mühlespiel, Grande Marelle, Nine Men's Morris, etc.):
Marisa UBERTI, Ludica, sacra, magica : il censimento mondiale della triplice cinta. s.l. [Rome]: selfpublished ; 340 p.
There is an English version: The merels board enigma : with the worldwide census. s.l. [Rome]: selfpublished; 340 p.,
which is available here : http://ilmiolibro.kataweb.it/schedalibro.asp?id=875918
(very slow site!)

The book is the most thorough survey of rock-carved merels boards that I have seen, with many "new" gameboards from France and Italy (including some other board games, like alquerque).
The author tries to understand which of these rock-carved diagrams were actual games or just decorative designs, and what their dates can be in an archaeological context."

Thierry Depaulis

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Re: Nouvelle publication sur les marelles

Messagepar Marisa2012 » lun. 3 déc. 2012 16:56

Bonjour à tous,

Merci beaucoup, monsieur le professeur. Depaulis pour cette critique de mon livre. Je confirme qu'il ya une version anglaise et je suis heureux de vous informer que est disponible - à partir de maintenant en format ebook à un prix inférieur à celui du livre papier.
L'ebook est intitulé "The Merels Board Enigma. With the worldwide census» (comme le livre papier) et peut être trouvé dans de nombreux e-boutique. Pour l'instant, il est disponible dans les liens suivants:

http://www.ultimabooks.it/the-merels-bo ... ide-census

http://www.hoepli.it/cerca/libri.aspx?t ... 1600000000

http://www.hoepli.it/ebook/the-merels-b ... 54133.html

Dans quelques jours, il devrait être disponible sur d'autres librairies en ligne, même en anglais.

Voici le résumé du livre, dans l'espoir de faire quelque chose de plaisant pour les fans et les universitaires à ce sujet (en anglais):

INTRODUCTION

This essay is made up by two parts and two Appendices. More than half is represented by the world-wide census, an integral cataloguing work that represents an absolute novelty since, until today, there were only partial inventories. Moreover, for the first time a statistical analysis with graphs is presented, allowing to set the starting point for the study on the subject, from which to continue for future updatings.

The first part consists in four chapters. In the first one, a complex, detailed and laborious research is presented, focused on the available archaeological witnesses, aimed at throwing light upon the past and the different cultures which have enlivened it, making fall some “commonplaces” about the dating, notable but not too much, of such not figurative and very spread scheme both in rock-art and architecture. In the following chapters we’ll inquire into the folds of the European Middle Ages, when the symbolic game knew its greatest awakening but also the risk of the stake and we’ll try to understand the reasons. Then we’ll get to the heart of an old matter regarding the Templars, visiting the Castle of Chinon where, instead of certainties, many doubts have risen. In the third chapter we have considered numerous contexts in which it is clear that this ludible scheme has assumed powerful symbolic meanings, much more important than it’s believed. What does the Merels Board has to do with the death of Christ? Why a Knight of St. John made accurately paint eighty Merels Boards on his own sepulchre, and what’s more intercalated by a mysterious saying? Why the chamberlain of the King of France, Philippe-du-Moulin, made it to be immured in the walls of his own castle in Sologne? And why we find a Merels Board, in vertical, on the throne where 32 sovereigns of the Sacred Roman Empire were crowned? Why it is called “the perfect game of god” in Sri-Lanka? Why we find manifold concentric squares on the bath containers of the new-born babies of the Fulani tribe of Nigeria? These and other questions wait to be discovered and clarified through the pages of this book. The chapter IV is dedicated to the anthropological aspect, as well as to the conservation and protection problem of the engraved Merels Boards. At the end, in the last part of the chapter we’ll consider how the Merels Board has been appropiately renewed until to come to our days, when (not considering the ludible use) survives as a recurrent decorative element, apparently unnoticed but as a subliminal message.

The second part is integrally dedicated to the world-wide census. This latter has been carried out thanks to both the bibliography and our investigations on the spot, but also to discoveries of different persons. The data are presented in a series of tables, in which exemplars of Merels Board, with its variants, have been reported along with little merels, alquerque, circular and like chess-board gaming-tables, or formed by cup-marks, where they have been pointed out as linked with the Merel Boards. Table 1 concerns Africa, with the few exemplars we have been able to locate; Table 2 and Table 2bis concern North and South America, respectively; Table 3 concerns Asia and the Middle East; Table 4 concerns Europe (Italy excluded); Table 5 exclusively concerns Italy, that has absolutely revealed the highest number of exemplars. Each table is composed by 6 columns, corresponding to the following data:

- Nation (for Italy, in the first column, it will be found the name of the Region)

- Locality

- Site, that’s to say the context and the kind of surface on which the Merels Board is represented;

- Position, that’s to say horizontal, vertical, oblique, etc.;

- Type/Model, along with the corresponding image for each context and accompanied by the reference number to be consulted in the corresponding Appendix 1. 100 models numbered from 00 to 99, have been listed; the model number is precede by the number of exemplars found in that context (if the exemplar is single, no number has been reported);

- Association with similar engravings and/or graffiti or other characteristic elements to point out. The numerous cases of “unknown” exemplars or positions are due to the fact that no further information about them has been found other than the data reported in the bibliography. The reader will notice that the data completeness, in many cases comprising numeric measures and other details, corresponds to an active field research.

• Appendix 1 gathers all the models from number 00 to number 99.

• Appendix 2 is reserved for the graphs and the statistical analysis, both from the qualitative and the quantitative point of view, allowing acquiring a concise frame of the present situation of the research. How many Merels Board are there in the world? How many ones are there only in Europe or in Italy? Which is the prevailing model? Which is the most frequent position one can found? Which are the contexts where the highest number of Merels Boards has been found? These are some of the data that we have tried to make explicit by means of the graphs. 11 graphs concerning the entire world (part A), only Europe (part B) and only Italy (part C) are involved.

The References have been put at the end of each table, so to make easy their consultation. These “notes” report all the reference sources for a given exemplar, being they literary, from the web, investigations on the spot or discoveries of third party persons, these latter singularly receiving our thanks. The final bibliography/webgraphy refers to some useful work to undertake the study of the Merels Board.
In the text were intercalated some boxes to point out some concepts or deepen other. They are distinguished by a different colour for each chapter.


Un grand merci à tous pour votre attention!
Ciao, Marisa

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Re: Nouvelle publication sur les marelles

Messagepar BRIGITTE - ALEA » lun. 3 déc. 2012 17:23

Bonjour Marisa,

Comme Sylvestre je suis très intéressée par votre livre.
Peut-on le trouver en français ou uniquement en anglais et italien?

Hi Marisa

Like Sylvestre, I am very interested by your book.
Can we find it in french or only in english or italian?


Brigitte-ALEA

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Re: Nouvelle publication sur les marelles

Messagepar petiteshistoires » lun. 3 déc. 2012 20:48

Bienvenue sur ce forum, Marisa. Merci pour ces précisions.


Welcome on this forum Marisa. Thanks for those further informations.

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Re: Nouvelle publication sur les marelles

Messagepar Marisa2012 » lun. 3 déc. 2012 22:58

Hi Brigitte,

thanks for your attention. The book is in the Italian version and the English version. There isn't a French version, I'm sorry!
Good night and see you soon,
Marisa

p.S.: Thanks a lot for the welcome! :P

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Re: Nouvelle publication sur les marelles

Messagepar BRIGITTE - ALEA » mar. 4 déc. 2012 09:10

Thanks for this answer, Marisa.

I will buy it , in english, then.


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