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Pope Joan - new evidence?

Interesting new twist to the Pope Joan story, from researcher Michael Habicht at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. https://www.livescience.com/63598-female-pope-joan-medieval-coins.html?utm_content=buffer32822&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook Basically, according to the article, “The ...

Re: That Word Again...Tarot

Mike, I think that despite all of our best efforts over a very long time, we still have not come to a consensus about the word. Maybe, there is one point of agreement - it was Italian first, and came to France via Savoy. Probably someone will disagree about the second part. Probably, in fact, someon...

Re: Galeazzo Maria Sforza's "quatro triomphi" in Ferrara, 1457

For example, can we assume that some of the people who witnessed Alfonso's triumph in Naples, might call the individual allegories they saw "trionfi"? I would bet. I, the spectator, could call these chariots "Triumphs", as I know about the many parallels between them and the 15th century objects, b...

Re: Galeazzo Maria Sforza's "quatro triomphi" in Ferrara, 1457

"The names trionfo and triumpho, which also appear, are used unspecifically for all forms of festive staging and can also refer to works of fine art as well as metaphorically." Yes, I noted that about the "triumphs" of Alfonso and Borso, and we know it is used of various kinds of art and poetry, inc...

Galeazzo Maria Sforza's "quatro triomphi" in Ferrara, 1457

What does the “trionfi” of the name of the game and the cards used to play it, refer to? That is, what definition of “triumph” informs it? Since Moakley at least, the idea that the parades and pageants of 15th century Italy inspired the subjects of the trumps, as if the cards were a passing pageant ...

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