1606 Promise by Etienne DEMAS, a merchant residing at Thiers, being lodged in Paris at Jean GUYMIER's, Cartier and King's valet, rue Aubry-le-Boucher, to Benign LE ROY, a bourgeois merchant of Paris, residing in the Rue Aubry-le-Boucher : To deliver to him by boat to the port of Saint-Paul, all the time that the lease of the FIRM will last from the imposition on cards, tarots and dice in this Kingdom, made by the Council of the King to Mr. Pierre de CHAURAIS seigneur Of LA MORINIERE, all the paper of end cartier, way of Ambert and Thiers, fine Spanish, gros, etc., suitable for the manufacture of cards and tarots of this kingdom, up to 2,000 reams, 250 reams and 1000 reams per year.
The paper merchant Demas from Thiers is in Paris lodging with Jean Guymier (cardmaker and king's valet)
while there he (Demas) comes to an agreement with Benign Le Roy, a merchant of Paris - (this Benign has several dealings with the King's valets in the records) - to supply him with paper suitable for the manufacture of cards and tarots - cards were reportedly very popular with Henry IV and his court -
As King's Valet JG would have had contact with Mary de Medici,(?) and discuss with her the subject of cards, perhaps of Italian Tarot? His role as Valet, being a Cartier, was probably in the supply and managing of games -
I wonder which of the cartiers was selected to dress up as a muskateer to celebrate the entrance of the Queen into the City?
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