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Michael Hurst has died

Postby Ross G. R. Caldwell on 26 Aug 2016, 07:19

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
RIP
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Re: Michael Hurst has died

Postby marco on 26 Aug 2016, 08:45

Thank you, Ross. I will greatly miss Michael's culture and wit.

The last time I heard from him, he told me he had found an early photograph of Gertrude Moakley and uploaded it to wikipedia.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File ... ouched.jpg
He was such an enthusiast of good scholarship!

I agree that it would be important to preserve his many contributions to the study of tarot history.
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Re: Michael Hurst has died

Postby BOUGEAREL Alain on 26 Aug 2016, 14:54

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
RIP



Je suis triste.
Sa disparition est une grande perte pour tous ceux qui ont pu apprécier son érudition, son discernement, sa rigueur, sa pugnacité hors pair.
C'était non seulement un historien des cartes émérite même si atypique quelque part mais aussi un débateur de qualité qui savait imposer le respect.

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Re: Michael Hurst has died

Postby SteveM on 27 Aug 2016, 21:19

RIP Micheal - I will miss your too rare critical and informed mind, wit and humour.

I hope, as with Ross, Michael's well written and informed essays may be preserved.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.
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Re: Michael Hurst has died

Postby Huck on 28 Aug 2016, 10:22

Michael J. Hurst has died last year ...
viewtopic.php?f=15&p=17461#p17461

In my posts to it I attempted to carry the sources together, which are still available from him.

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My post 1:

Michael J. Hurst

Aeclectic ... 316 posts
http://tarotforum.net/member.php?u=2939
posts by mjhurst (2003-2012)
http://tarotforum.net/search.php?searchid=5983069

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Last post by Michael at 24-03-2012

"Hi, Ross,

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
http://pre-gebelin.blogspot.com/2010...i-italian.html


A couple years ago I posted an 1878 article discussing the British Museum's acquisition of one manuscript of Brother John's Tractatus, (as a postscript to a discussion of Theodore Low De Vinne's interpretation of Tarot). The article, by Sir Edward Augustus Bond, translates two substantial passages. The second passage includes the topic at hand, and indicates that Brother John explained the meaning of these terms. Unfortunately, the translation ends before finishing the explanation, and his explanation of the "greater authority" term compares the deck to two passages from Daniel in a way that is not immediately clear.

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.


It is a shame that the long-rumored critical edition of the Tractatus has not materialized, nor even an English translation.

Tarot and the Dance of Death
http://pre-gebelin.blogspot.com/2009/01/tarot-and-dance-of-death.html

Best regards,
Michael"
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From me.

forum.tarothistory.com ... 226 posts
memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=59
posts by mjhurst (2008-2016)
search.php?author_id=59&sr=posts

Last post of Michael 30th of March 2016
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.

Best regards,
Michael


As far Michael's forum activities are concerned, he finished twice with John of Rheinfelden. I wasn't aware, that he stopped writing at aeclectic in March 2012.

...

My post 2:
http://pre-gebelin.blogspot.de
... was the website of Michael J. Hurst

http://www.geocities.com/cartedatrionfi/
... 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 ...
http://www.luckymojo.com/tarot/tarothistref.txt
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.

Tarot Studies
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)

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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
http://www.dodedans.com/Eparis.htm
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."
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Re: Michael Hurst has died

Postby robert on 04 Sep 2016, 08:47

This is very sad news, a great loss.

I learned so much from Michael and am grateful for all that he shared with us.
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Re: Michael Hurst has died

Postby Cláudio on 07 Sep 2016, 01:29

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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Re: Michael Hurst has died

Postby Huck on 07 Sep 2016, 19:37

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.


http://ludustriumphorum.blogspot.de/
... is the website of Ross Caldwell. Michael J. Hurst is mentioned only as a contributor.

http://pre-gebelin.blogspot.de
... was the website of Michael J. Hurst

http://www.geocities.com/cartedatrionfi/
... 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 ...
http://www.luckymojo.com/tarot/tarothistref.txt
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.

Tarot Studies
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
http://www.dodedans.com/Eparis.htm
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."
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Re: Michael Hurst has died

Postby Kate on 10 Sep 2016, 19:12

How very, very sad. His scholarship shall be missed. My best to his family and friends.

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