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