Debra said it is fun to look at Tarot this way.
Well I think it is Tarot hiding in plain sight.
In reading about the marriage Contract I read about the epithalamia
- The wedding oration.
So now there are two places I have seen the Characters of Tarot; the first is in the the fresco of Good and Bad Government in Siena. The second is in the Wedding oration. For example Filelfo wrote at least 6 that have been found... of which it is said
Many orators, on the contrary, would seize the opportunity, not only to flatter the vanity of distinguished hearers, but to load their speeches with an enormous mass of antiquarian rubbish ... Most of Filelfo's speeches are an atrocious patchwork of classical and biblical quotations, tacked on to a string of commonplaces, among which the great people he wishes to flatter are arranged under the head of the cardinal virtues, or some such category, and it is only with the greatest trouble, in his case and in that of many others, that we can extricate the few historical notices of value which they really contain."
Well Fileflo was well liked for his orations apparently- so much so his Oratory skills were printed and copied.
Now it makes sense as to why There is this curious mixture of not quite Christian and not quite Pagan aspects to Tarot.
One author that I found helpful in this search is Diane Robin on Filelfo's writings, and another is Anthony D'elia on Marriage orations in part he says.....
Wedding orations offer a vivid picture of marriage ideals in fifteenth-century Italian courts. Orators added to the pomp and classical atmosphere of weddings with their rhetorical performances and promoted a particular conception of marriage that was drawn more from pagan antiquity than from the Christian tradition. Orators were not pagan in a Burckhardtian sense, as they did not reject Christianity. Humanists usually include prayers to God at the end of their epithalamia and often refer to the sacrament of marriage. The distinctively classical element in wedding orations is the focus on a social and political conception of marriage. Both in sermons and in orations marriage is good from the perspective of Christian morality as a cure for lust and a source of procreation. But, unlike priests and like the ancients, orators also stress that marriage helps rulers achieve personal ambitions. Through marriage, rulers strengthen and expand their empires and gain the economic resources essential for achieving and maintaining political power. Marriage also fulfills the natural desire for physical beauty and sexual pleasure. Orators support such essentially anti-ascetic arguments with the works of Aristotle, Xenophon, Cicero, Livy Lucan, and other classical authors.
I have found they quoted Boccacio and Saint francis of Assisi 's Canticle of the Sun and other poems, Dante,lifes of the Saints, Greek heroes and heroines and where often very long.