Basini Parmensis poetae opera praestantiora: 2. Della vita e de'fatti di Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta ... commentario del conte Francesco Gaetano Battaglini
by Basinio Basini, Laurentius Drudius, Ireneo Affò, conte Angelo Battaglini, conte Francesco Gaetano Battaglini
ex typographia Albertiniana, 1794
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The source notes a date (17 August 1440) for the appearance of Malatesta at the other political side against Visconti. Though, it describes only an already finished development, not the action itself.
I have difficulties to understand all, but somehow it seems, that Niccolo d'Este, signore of Ferrara (father-in-law of Malatesta), is in this change involved.
From Niccolo we know, that he prepares at least in September 1440 to take Bianca Maria Visconti to Ferrara as part of a momentary truce. [Perhaps one should find the precise dates for this action.]
In the following it seems reported, that Ginevra d'Este died - in contrast to other notes - at 3 September 1440. The other date, that I had, was 12 October (Italian wiki).
The source notes, that Malatesta returned with 1500 horses and 500 fante at October 23 (which fits better with death date for Ginevra at 12 October).
For our specific interest, the Trionfi deck of 16 September, a change of the death date of Ginevra from 12 October to 3 September changes the character of the gift ... in the case, that Giusto knew about the death.
The marriage of Malatesta and Ginevra in 1434 had (possibly) some relation to a theater play in Ferrara, in which 16 Greek/Roman gods appeared. The structure of the play (16 figures) remembered the 16 gods of the Michelino deck.
We worked on this:
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Ginevra was the daughter of Parisina, who strongly was involved in playing card production (we know 3 documents, possibly 4, which are rather directly related).
Perhaps there was another deck of cards produced at her wedding (again with 16 gods ?).
Actually we have a note for the production of 2 playing card decks in 1434 in Florence:
(“nel 1434 il Marchese Nicolo III. Faceva pagare a Ser Ristoro e compagni in Florence sette Fiorini d’oro prezzo di due mazzi di carticelle mandatogli a Ferrara”)
If we assume, that Giusto knew about the earlier context of 1434 and the death of Ginevra at 3 September, the new Trionfi deck from 16 September might have had the character of a consolation present. That would be a rather big change in our research.
It would have been necessary, that Giusto could receive the note of the death of Ginevra, must have made his plans and order then the deck from Florence and demand, that Malatesta heraldry was included, and this work must have been done in short time and the deck must have found its way to Giusto in a warroir camp and from there to Malatesta near Forli and that all in 13 days.
That seems not impossible, but anyway it would have been a rather stressed operation.
Generally the source seems to rather good informed, better than other sources.
Raccolto istorico della fondatione di Rimino, e dell'origine, e vite de' Malatesti. Con vari, e notabili fatti in essa città, e fuori di tempo in tempo successi, distinto in quindici libri di Cesare Clem.ni riminese dell'ord.e e militia di S.to Stefano. Parte prima [- seconda]: 2
Cesare Clementini, Clementino Clementini
1627 - 438 pages
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... this earlier source (1627) has at page 319 as date of death of Ginevra the 12th of October 1440, confirming Italian wikipedia. The text is rather chaotic and some pages are "confused" (double pages), especially before page 319, where p. 337 appears variously.