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Re: The Popess

I reckon the equal ranking of all four Papi, in at least some early versions of the game, makes the likelihood of her being representative of "false" religion problematic. If two Papi were played at the same time, the second one played would trump the first. This means the Whore of Babylon or Pope J...

Re: The Popess

The most typical use of figures like Mrs. Pope, particularly when paired with an Empress, is as Church (with State). http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x172/melanchollic_photos/papessaimperatricesm.jpg They are TEAM CHRISTENDOM!! To the right are Team Captains George Emperor and Tommy Pope , taking ...

Re: Cary Sheet again

It's good to know that 'Crocs' are not the first case that absurd footwear have darken the legacy of European man! :)) I like where this is going. This could mean the sheet is a bit older than generally considered. One thought. Even if we conclude that these shoes were not the rage in the Italian st...

Re: Rosarium Philosophorum

If you come to this work loaded with presumptions such as: these cards were invented by the ‘lower classes’ solely for gambling purposes, or the deck’s design has no connection to the mathematics of cablah blah blah - then you rob yourself the opportunity of solving ‘the puzzle’. Funny! :)) I alway...

Re: Cremonese Inquiries

The rather unsophisticated nature of the trumps also suggests the game originated from the people, not the courts, with mass produced decks coming before the fancy court versions. So unsophisticated no one at the time or to this day has been able to provide a convincing narrative, bar in individual...

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