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Tudor Trivia – Board Games on the Mary Rose

Tudor Trivia

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Board Games on the Mary Rose

Barrel Lid featuring the game boards for ‘Nine Men’s Morris’ (left) and ‘Tables’ (right)

While the Backgammon set recovered from the Carpenter’s cabin is probably the most well known of the boardgames recovered from the Mary Rose, it’s not the only one.


Crudely carved onto the lid of a barrel was two game boards, one identified as ‘Merrils’, or ‘Nine Men’s Morris,’ the other a bit of a mystery, although it appears to be a basic form of ‘Tables’, a board game that dates back to ancient Egypt and was the precursor to the modern game of backgammon.

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