Fox and Geese
The game of Fox and Geese dates back to the middle ages and is unusual in that the sides are unequal. The sly fox attempts to capture the multitudinous geese. Meanwhile, the geese try to hem the fox in so that he can't move.
At one time a popular pub game, these days Fox and Geese is less well known but it's a game that is both historical and fascinating.
Fox and Geese - medieval leather board
- Classic medieval game - simple rules but interesting game play ensues
- Fascinating strategic game of unequal sides that can require deep thought
- Great fun for kids while also helping them to learn about history and strategy
- Hand-made in Britain by a craftsman specialising in leatherwork
- Real leather roll-up board conveniently stores with the pieces in a cardboard tube
Made in Britain
The earliest definite record of Fox and Geese is in the accounts of Edward IV in the fifteenth century. It is quite possible that it derives from the earlier Icelandic and Viking games of inequality such as Tafl or Hala-tafl that date from pre-10th century. Indeed Hala-tafl in Ancient Icelandic means "Fox Game".
Fox and Geese is a game of unequal sides in which the red fox tries to hop over the geese while the geese try to trap the fox by sheer weight of numbers so that he can't move. It's a game that is intriguing and which has stood the test of time admirably.
Our board is an authentic leather replica Fox and Geese game with hand-made wooden pieces. Evidence for the play of Fox and Geese has been found in ancient digs and boards have been found inscribed on old buildings and even as graffiti by monks in medieval Christian cloisters! These boards enable you to enjoy some history while playing a great game that was popular for many centuries and was considered until quite recent times to be a traditional English pub game.
Suitable for museums, schools, families - great for children, the board, pieces and rules come in a convenient cardboard tube so take up very little space when not in use.
Board 26cm square. Tube 28cm long
Board 10.2 inch square. Tube 11 inch long
Contains small parts. Unsuitable for children younger than 4 years old.
Inlaid Fox and Geese board with painted wooden animal pieces
- Inlaid Maple wood board with Oak frame
- Stunning Fox and Geese board with painted animal pieces
- Board is hand-made in the UK by an experienced marquetry craftsman
Made in Britain
A beautiful Inlaid Fox and Geese board with lovely painted wooden animal playing pieces.
The animal pieces are well crafted and add to the overall aesthetics of the board, truly making this a game to treasure.
The game comes in an straightforward cardboard carton.
Board: 33 x 33 x 2.5cm
Board: 13x13x1 inch
Set of Fox and Geese pieces (1 red fox, 17 white geese)
- Beautifully crafted wooden Fox and Geese pieces.
- 1 red fox and 17 white geese.
- Board not included
A set of beautifully crafted wooden Fox and Geese pieces.
This set is the pieces only - no board is included.
The Origin of Fox and Geese
Fox and Geese is a descendant of Tafl played on a cross shaped board. The first probable reference to an ancestor of the game is that of Hala-Tafl, the Fox Game which is mentioned in the Icelandic saga 'Grettis' which is believed to have been written after AD 1300 by a priest living in the North of the country. The next probable reference is in the accounts of the Royal Household of Edward IV of England (AD 1461-1483) for the purchase of two foxes and twenty-six hounds of silver over-gilt for two sets of Marelles. Finally, it has been suggested that a game called Freystafl which is mentioned in the later Iceland sagas might be one and the same as Fox and Geese.
You can learn more about the history of Fox and Geese from the Online Guide to Traditional Games.