2016 Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar

December 13: Fox and Geese

If you read my article behind door 3, you'll know that the wealthier classes in Tudor England enjoyed board games. As well as Nine Men's Morris (see door 3), another popular game was Fox and Geese. This board game was a descendant of the ancient game of tafl which was played on a cross-shaped board. It's a two-player game with one person controlling the fox and the other player controlling the 13 geese.

You can print a simple Fox and Geese game board and instructions by clicking on this image:

If you're feeling "crafty" then you can make a lovely, roll-up game board from the instructions at