Welcome to my new blog!

I am Wilhelm Meis, a long-time member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and this is my space for sharing information about my pursuits in historical and linguistic studies and experimental archaeology.  These studies have focused primarily on Viking Age Scandinavian and medieval German studies, medieval toys and games, woodcarving and carpentry, leatherworking, skeletal materials and Germanic languages.

I have focused years of intense study on a little-known Iron Age Scandinavian game called hnefatafl in Old Norse, and later referred to as Königszabel in German.  This is the origin of the name of this blog, Wilhelmszabel, since much of the focus of this blog will be my studies of medieval board-games of northern Europe (zabel is an archaic word meaning “board-game” in German).

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