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Acknowledgments This book, first drafted over the course of two Chicago winters, revised through several blazing Texas summers, and finished during a moderate Massachusetts autumn, was nurtured, challenged, and improved by various people in each of these locales. Most important in the Chicago contingent was Christina von Nolcken, my mentor and friend, whose enthusiasm for my work never seemed to flag, even when my own did. Anthony Perron, meus magister optimus linguae Latinae, merits special mention for his help with my translations of Jacobus de Cessolis. Others in Chicago (either there formerly or still residing currently) who read early drafts, sent me references , and pushed my argument in new directions include Garth Bond, Daniel Connolly, Karen Duys, Suzanne Edwards, Rachel Fulton, Anne Harris , Mike Goode, Nicole Lassahn, Mark Miller, Michael Murrin, Jolynn Parker, Anne Robertson, Larry Rothfield, Richard Strier, Andrea Walker, and Rebecca Zorach. I am deeply appreciative to all of you for your help. When the book moved to Texas with me, it started to grow in new, and sometimes unruly, directions. The person most responsible for keeping it under control at this point was Robert Upchurch, my editor-in-chief, who always managed to tell me that my work was "fantastic" before showing me the many ways in which it wasn't. Also in Texas, Jacqueline Vanhoutte and Paul Menzer contributed their expertise in early modern culture, and in the case of the Paul, a deep knowledge of the entire category of metaphor. Karen Upchurch provided me with a good translation of parts of Alfonso's chess book; Edward J. L6pez spent an unseemly amount of energy explaining game theory to me; and my research assistant Tanya Hooper proved to be a top notch reader. Finally, my friends and fellow band members, Corey Marks, Amy Taylor, Deborah Needleman Armintor, and Marshall Armintor, helped me to keep the whole project in perspective. After arriving at the University of Massachusetts, I was invited to join an informal reading group that enthusiastically read and commented on my final chapter. I am grateful to the members of this group, Nancy Bradbury, Chick Chickering, Carolyn Collette, and Arlyn Diamond, to two members of the Five College Medieval Seminar, Craig Davis and Brigitte Buettner, 252 Acknowledgments and to my colleagues in my new department, in particular Stephen Harris and Joseph Black, for their feedback on various sections and their general support. Donald Maddox and Meriem Pages, also at UMass, have my deep gratitude for helping with several of my French translations; any errors that remain on this score will inevitably be in passages that they did not get a chance to see. And last but definitely not least, Ann Higgins, my research assistant during the final push, has gone above and beyond any reasonable call of duty. Thank you Ann, for making this book yours as well as mine. Faculty members at other institutions who have helped me with my work on medieval chess, and on a few related topics, include Olivia Remie Constable, William Kuskin, Dhira Mahoney, Daniel O'Sullivan, Mark Taylor, William Tronzo, Daniel Magilow, and Pamela Kalning. David Shenk, an author whose book on chess will be released at around the same time as this one, has been kind enough to share his own research with me. I can only hope that he will share some of his readership with me as well. At the University of Pennsylvania Press, my manuscript was welcomed by Jerry Singerman , who shepherded it through the many stages of the publishing process. To him, Alison Anderson, Suzanne Dorf, the other editors at the press, Ann Astell, and one anonymous reader, I remain deeply grateful. Financial support came from a variety of sources including grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the University of Massachusetts Healey Endowment, and the University of North Texas Faculty Development Fund. Various parts of the book have already appeared in other forms: a portion of chapter four was published as '"Longene to the Playe': Caxton, Chess, and the Boundaries of Political Order;' Essays in Medieval Studies 21 (2004), and two different sections of chapter three were published as "Pawn Takes Knight's Queen: Playing with Chess in Chaucer's Book of the Duchess:' Chaucer Review 34, 2 (1999) and as "Exchequers and Balances: Anxieties of Exchange in The Tale ofBeryn;' Studies in the Age of Chaucer 26 (2004). I am also appreciative of the Newberry Library for allowing me to reproduce images from its collection. Last but not least are the...


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