hist-games: Tarok

Jane & Mark Waks waks at comcast.net
Sun Mar 29 08:19:51 PDT 2009

Teceangl wrote:
> I believe Tarot is mentioned in Rabelais (1494-1553), specifically in
> Gargantua's games.
> Of course I'm reading a translation, but someone else might know
> whether or not it was 'Tarot' in the original.

Well, pretty close, anyway. If you look at this list from the 1653 
English translation, you'll see that it includes Tarot:


At first, I thought that was a mistranslation, because nothing starting 
"taro" shows up in the French. Fortunately, this transcription of the 
1534 edition calls the game out specifically (since it is from the 
Tarock site):


Assuming that "au tarau" is correctly translated as "Tarot" (which seems 
very likely), then the answer seems to be yes. Which isn't really 
surprising: everything I've seen seems to indicate that Tarot games were 
reasonably well-known on the continent.

For reference, these Gargantua transcriptions (and a couple of others) 
are listed on the Transcriptions and Facsimiles (and Translations -- I 
ought to fix the title) page of the Period Games page:


				-- Justin

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