Ross G. R. Caldwell wrote:Michael's sister Sharon wrote to inform me that Michael died on Wednesday, of a sudden massive heart attack.
I hope we can remember his immense and unique contributions to Tarot history. I will try to see if Sharon can pull some of his Tarot work and put it in a file for posterity. It would be a shame to lose it.
I believe he was born in 1950, so until further notice -
Michael J. Hurst, 1950-2016
Originally Posted by mjhurst
One additional detail about the earliest moralization of cards. Not only did Brother John mention Queens, he explained why his preferred deck (w/60 cards) was the best. Timothy Betts included this passage, and I posted it in a footnote to my review of your book.
John's arguments seem to parallel your own, as well as being emphatically period appropriate.
Renaissance Tarot: Two XVI Italian Essays
Also, there are some who make the game with four kings and eight ' marschalli' and the other common cards, and add besides four queens with four attendants, so that each of those four kings, with all the family of the whole kingdom, speaking of the chief persons, is there, and the number of the cards will then be sixty. And this manner of making the cards and in this number the most pleases me, and for three reasons: first, because of its greater authority; second, because of its royal fitness; third, because of its more becoming courteousness. First, I say, because of its greater authority, for we have its express figure in Holy Scripture, Daniel iii.; and again in that statue which King Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, saw in his dream, and which Daniel interpreted to him, the which statue had a golden head, a silver breast, a brazen belly, and legs of iron.
mjhurst wrote:Hi, Mike,mikeh wrote:Here is my translation of Franco Pratesi's new note on John of Rheinfelden, in Italian at http://www.naibi.net/A/508-JORHEIN-Z.pdf. While adding nothing new, it highlights points of special value and seems to me an excellent summary of the literature and statement of the present state of the problems.
Yes, an excellent summary -- bravo to Franco and many thanks to you for the work of making it available to illiterate dolts like moi.
Very much appreciated.
... was the website of Michael J. Hurst
... was an earlier website of Michael J. Hurst
It got lost, when geocities.com was closed.
https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://ww ... datrionfi/
... has something of it.
Most remarkable (my personal evaluation) had been the article "Fragments of Tarot History". It survived at ...
The article had been of special value in the year 2003, when Trionfi.com started.
Michael J. Hurst had further internet activities at the private email-lists Tarot-L and L-Tarot of yahoogroups.com
He contributed a lot of pictures to wikipedia.
http://tarot.fourhares.com/2004/06/taro ... sm-review/
Also he wrote at aeclectic.net and here in the forum.tarothistory.com (as above already mentioned)
A personal selection of articles from Michael J Hurst
https://tarotmeditations.wordpress.com/ ... liography/
"Michael J. Hurst – the clearest writer on the meaning and iconography of the Tarot I have found."
Another personal comment
La Danse Macabre ...
"This section is dedicated to Michael J. Hurst, author of
pre-Gébelin Tarot History,
who gave me the impetus and encouragement to begin this task.
Dance well, my friend."
Cláudio wrote:This is really a sad news. I followed for years his two blogs, it seems that Ludus Triumphorum worked until 2012. I consider a sign be his last post "The daunce and Song of Death"... My condolences to his family. Stay in peace.
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