hist-games: Baraja Espanola
Jane & Mark Waks
waks at comcast.net
Sat Jan 14 08:31:32 PST 2006
Huette von Ahrens wrote:
> What he
> bought was a deck called Baraja Espanola.
After a little more digging around: it looks like "Baraja Espanola"
simply refers to the most common Spanish-suited deck. Some of the online
sources claim that it is directly descended from the Tarot, but I have
no idea whether that's true or not.
You can certainly play a large number of games with the deck -- while
modern American games tend to use the full 52-card deck, there are many
games (especially earlier games) based on reduced decks of this size or
As for whether it's particularly closer to pre-1600, my instinct is not
really. It's a direct descendent of the period Latin decks, but doesn't
seem necessarily "closer" than the standard international deck is to its
Anglo-French forebears. Neither style has changed all *that* much over
the centuries -- many details have changed, and obviously the artwork
has gotten more precise, but the basic motifs in both cases are still
fairly close to their ancestors. (All that said, my expertise is
definitely not the cards themselves; I'm mostly game-focused...)
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