THE earliest European writer who mentions chess is the Byzantine princess and historian, Anna Komnene, of Constantinople. She calls the game Zatrikion, and says that the Greeks derived it from the Babylonians; and that her father, Alexios loved to play. So here she is learning from her father!
The ghosts of Bluebeard’s first five wives must take care of his beard. Héloise trims it, Eleanore brings a bucket of water, Isaure is busy brushing it, Rosalinde has plenty of soap, and Blanche wields the comb.