In the "Victoria and Albert Museum Visconti-Sforza Tarocchi" (Kaplan I, 104) is a very strange death, which doesn't appear as apocalypse's knight, but as a cardinal. What do you think? Anyone know another context where death is associated to a cardinal?
A cardinal appears in a Trionfi document in 1455 as a Trionfi card motif ... this might relate to the pope card, which occasionally (Charles VI) also shows cardinals. But possibly there was a cardinal card.
A cardinal appears in the Rosenwald Tarocchi as a decoration at an ace.
The Karnöffel card is occasionally called "cardinal ... perhaps cause the similarity of the name: Kar - nöffel and Kar - dinal. But the Karnöffel beats any other cards - so it might be stated also for death.
This cardinal above has a chequered ground. Cards with chequered ground are also found in the Guildhall-Goldschmidt cards. This might relate to the Chess Tarot phase. In this case this death (usually death is on horse and relates to the knight) might relate to the bishop figure.