Alphonso X's Book of Games Available Online

An important manuscript on period games such as chess and backgammon is now partially available online as scanned images. Alphonso X, King of Leon and Castile commissioned this manuscript to be made because he believed that God wanted people to have enjoyment though games. It is thought to be one of the first European books to be written in the vernacular of the country. Most of the focus is on the playing of chess, though dicing games are illustrated.

While not a translation of the 13th century CE Spanish text, the full color images on the web site were taken from a faithful reproduction of the original manuscript.