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Re: The Devil Stands on...

Hi everyone, Personally I have never really understood what it is the Devil stands on. I have read it described both as a pedestal and as an anvil, but frankly, neither of these definitions accounts for the it's shape and details. I have the feeling that the meaning of this thing is lost or that It ...

Re: Date of Invention

Hi Debra, Steve, Ross et al., I also see that Alfred Douglas notation on page 23 of his book as cited by you,Debra. Steve, I too, have the English edition, The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino but the history of the tarot is only discussed in generalities. This edition has no kind of Int...

Re: Date of Invention

Thanks, Robert. No, I always did think the Minchiate came later, so if that date is backed up with documentation, and I can't imagine that they would print it otherwise, the tarot date leaps much further back into the pages of history, and a huge grin will creep across my face! Thanks, Ross, for tak...

Re: Date of Invention

Hi Everyone, I just happened to be perusing a book in my collection, Playing Cards in the Victoria & Albert Museum by Jean Hamilton. On page 22, in the description of some Italian cards, the following sentence caught my eye: “Minichiate, a game derived from tarot, was first heard of in 1415; it has ...

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